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WC Gov. takes 16 days of activism campaign to Manenberg

Community Safety MEC Dan Plato will be taking this campaign to other areas in the coming days, including Langa, Delft and Bonteheuwel, under the theme of "Speak Out - Be the Voice of Courage."

Western Cape Community Safety MEC Dan Plato speaks to residents in Manenberg during a campaign against women and child abuse on 2 December 2017. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape community safety department hopes to encourage people in crime-ridden communities to start speaking out against abuse.

Manenberg is first on the list of areas officials are taking their 16 days of activism for no violence against women and children campaign to.

A small crowd of people gathered on a dusty open field in Manenberg was entertained by the Uitsig Drill Squad. There were various other activities as well, including a drama skit about abuse in homes.

Community Safety MEC Dan Plato will be taking this campaign to other areas in the coming days, including Langa, Delft and Bonteheuwel, under the theme of "Speak Out - Be the Voice of Courage."

“We all know it is to spread the message of no violence towards women and children. It is still far, far too high the attacks, the assaults on women and children.”

Dawn Leedenberg, a community worker from Kensington, says more needs to be done to help victims.

“I think we can do more, more NGOs need to tap in especially when it comes to the justice department. The voices need to be heard that side more.”

Plato says there have been 71 reported cases of child murders in the Western Cape since the start of the year.