Bonteheuwel men man up against violence

This is part of the community’s 16 Days of Activism initiatives.

FILE: Gang violence has gripped areas in the Western Cape including Bonteheuwel. Picture: Mia Spies/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - A group of Bonteheuwel men have taken to the streets in protest against violent attacks involving women and children in the area.

This is part of the community's 16 Days of Activism initiatives.

Today's rally is the latest in a string of peace marches in the gang riddled community where deadly shootings take place on a daily basis.

Almost a dozen children have been killed during drive-by shootings this year.

The Bonteheuwel Joint Peace Forum's Grant Abrahams says in too many cases attacks on women and children are rife where husbands and fathers fail to play a positive role in their homes.

"We need men to be more active in communities. Take the fatherly roles, their responsibilities. Restoring the pride and dignity, it has to start with the men. We want to be positive role models to our youngsters that it's not right to abuse our women and children."