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‘Not in our name,’ Tembisa men march against violence

The men have joined the Justice Department in a march for no violence against women and children.

FILE. The men have joined the Justice Department in a march for no violence against women and children. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Dozens of men have gathered in Tembisa on the East Rand this afternoon, to join the Ministry of Justice in commemorating 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Woman and Children.

Deputy Justice Minister John Jeffery is leading the public march in efforts to raise awareness against child poverty and economic abuse in the area.

The march is a joint effort between the department and non-government organisation, the Positive Men's Movement of South Africa (Pomesa).

The department's Mthunzi Mhaga says, "Often part of it is the fact that violence against women and children is a societal problem. As the justice system, we are at the tale-end of the whole process that is why we are leading a man's march against violence against women and children in Tembisa."

Mhaga says the department hopes this march, and many others like it, will help decrease the number of abuse cases against women and children in the country.

"Men have gathered here and are marching, saying 'Not in our name'. And it's proving to be a success and we hope it will contribute in the reduction in violence against women and children."

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