SJC concerned as violence increases in Khayelitsha

The SJC says violence against women, children and members of the LGBTI community is on the rise.

FILE: Today dozens of people, led by the SJC, marched through the streets of the township. Picture: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN - The Social Justice Coalition (SJC) says violence against women, children and members of the LGBTI community is on the rise in Khayelitsha.

Today dozens of people, led by the SJC, marched through the streets of the township calling for an end to violence against these groups.

Marchers were undeterred by the unexpectedly poor turnout as even police failed to join them.

Other civil society groups also took part in the demonstration, including members from Thuthuzela Care Centre and the Treatment Action Campaign.

The SJC's Nomthetho Kilo says many people are too afraid to speak out against the abuse that happens on a daily basis in the area.

"We say no to the abuse of women and children and also violence against the LGBTI community. There is a case of a 17-year-old who was raped when she went to the shop. So gender-based violence is a problem in Khayelitsha."