Zuma launches 16 Days of Activism

The president has launched the campaign against gender violence.

President Jacob Zuma has launched this year's 16 Days of Activism For No Violence Against Women and Children. Picture: GCIS

JOHANNESBURG/CAPE TOWN - President Jacob Zuma has officially launched this year's 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children.

Zuma visited the Ikhaya Lethemba Centre in Braamfontein today where victims of abuse are being assisted.

The president was taken on a tour of the centre where he interacted with victims and social workers.

"We can say we have seen that the language here is very user friendly. They are called clients rather than victims."

Zuma says he is impressed with the programmes available to help women and children at the facility.

He says the theme for this year's 16 Days of Activism is 'from peace in the home to peace in the world'.

At the same time, anti-rape non-governmental organisation Kwanele-Enuf Foundation is calling for rape cases to be properly investigated in South Africa.

The foundation, along with a group of residents, will take to the streets of Port Elizabeth today to raise their voices for victims of rape and gender-based violence

The organisation's Andy Kawa, who is a rape survivor, says better services for women and children victims is urgently needed.

"We are calling on the police investigators and magistrates to take due care when they deal with cases because they are our gatekeepers to justice."