De Lille: 16 days of activism should be year-round campaign

De Lille appealed to various sectors of society to implement action that can effect change in communities.

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille believes civil society groups can ensure the 16 Days of Activism campaign is an all-year -round campaign.

The annual 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children kicked off today.

De Lille appealed to various sectors of society to implement action that can effect change in communities to curb abuse.

The mayor's spokesperson Pierrinne Leukes says, "The 16 Days of activism needs to become 360 days of action."

De Lille appealed to the wider community to report abuse and take action against it.

At the same time, President Jacob Zuma launched this year's 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children campaign in Reiger Park on the East Rand.

He said the country has lost its moral compass and society has more sinners now compared to decades ago when he was still a young man.

The president called for divine intervention, saying pastors must ask Jesus to "change his plan" and come down to earth once again to deal with the high number of sinners.

"We don't know when Jesus is coming to fetch us. When he was still on earth the sinners were not as many as they are now. He must come again to deal with us and cleanse us. "

Zuma said this year's campaign is reaching out to men and boys to become activists against gender-based violence.

He said communities must also get involved by working with police to eradicate alcohol and drug abuse which plays a part in most of these crimes.

There has been outrage in the Reiger Park area over the past year following the murders of three children.