IFP women’s brigade march for protection

Inkatha Freedom Party women brigade, Dube hostel, and Mzimhlophe residents marched against the brutal killings of women which have been taking place in Soweto and South Africa.

The march was part of persuasion hashtag campaign #NotInMyName.

The march began at Mzimhlophe hostel to Meadowlands Police Station to hand in the memorandum to the station commander.

#NotInMyName march was accompanied by the South African Police Service (SAPS) and the Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD).

According to Sibusiso Phakathi, the march was organized so that they can clear the names of the people residing in the hostel who were allegedly accused of committing these crimes.

“We all know that hostels are a place where the IFP has power and get more votes.

“We want to prove that people from hostels are not supporting violence against women and children,” said Phakathi.

Phakathi said people from the hostel are tired of seeing dead bodies that are thrown near their houses.

“As the community, we want to put an end to the killing of women and children.

“We want our women to know that we as the fathers and their brothers are willing to protect them,” said Phakathi.

When the crowd arrived at the police station the deputy national chairperson of the IFP women brigade Nonhlanhla Makhubo said they wanted police to protect women.

“Women are being brutally killed out there. We believe and trust that you can protect us as women.

“We always here about these barbaric acts but what are you doing as the police,” said Makhubo.

Zandile Majozi read the memorandum aloud before handing it to the station commander Brigadier Malefatsana Mofokeng. Mofokeng received the memorandum and he signed it.

“I want to thank the leadership which took the initiative to arrange this march.

“I would like to acknowledge real men who were more than willing to accompany you here. We made sure that we are part of your march to show solidarity. We also say as police not in our names,” said Mofokeng.

Mofokeng said that as the station commander he has taken note of the memorandum.

“I accept the memorandum and I will be engaging with the relevant leadership mentioned coz they have included their contacts in the memorandum. Within the specified 14 days,”

“Remember that policeman when we have our badge but we are also community members,” said Mofokeng.

Mofokeng explains that the SAPS are also worried about their mothers and sisters.

“It is just unfortunate that we are positioned to deal with issues thru investigation to see that the perpetrators are arrested and brought to book.

“The situation we are facing in our country and in Gauteng province specific is horrible.

“We cannot allow the crimes to continue,” said Mofokeng.

Mofokeng said the community should increase these types of campaigns and make awareness programmes that will be addressing this issue.

“We can only defeat this when we work hand in hand together,” said Mofokeng

Phakathi asked the mob to march together back to the hostels after handing over the memorandum.

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