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MEC Plato urges communities to work together to protect women, children

MEC Dan Plato has echoed the calls from across SA, where more needs to be done to address the scourge of violence against women and children.

Children hold pictures of three-year-old Courtney Pieters outside a hall where mourners gathered to bid the little girl farewell. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Community Safety MEC Dan Plato has reiterated the call for communities to work together to protect women and children.

Plato attended the funeral of three-year-old Courtney Pieters earlier on Saturday in Elsies River.

Pieters who’d been raped and murdered was found in a shallow grave in Epping Industria last week.

The alleged perpetrator Mortimer Saunders is currently in prison and will be appearing in court again next week.

Plato has echoed the calls from across the country, where more needs to be done to address the scourge of violence against women and children.

“We’ll have to stand together against these violent acts and assaults against women and children. It’s an indictment against men in general. We’re supposed to love and protect women in our lives but now we assault them. Women are not there to be raped, assaulted and killed; not even by their partners.”

Meanwhile, hundreds of people took part in the "Not in my Name" march in Pretoria earlier on Saturday, calling for men to get actively involved in the fight against women abuse.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)