16 Days of Activism Against Women and Children


  • Hon. Speaker
    Hon. Members of the Executive
    Hon. Members of the House

    The higher – and further education sector in South Africa plays a crucial role in the development of our youth.  Chapter 9 of the National Development Plan outlines the 2030 vision for higher education institutions, and states that tertiary institutions is key to developing a nation.  It is a place where new knowledge is obtained in order for graduates to contribute towards empowering our society.

    However, Hon. Members there has been a recent spike in violent crime in our own backyard.  Tertiary institutions have become a hunting ground for criminals. The ANC would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family Sinethemba Shezi (aged 22) an aspiring,  Third year Bachelor of Education Student, who was attacked and killed, on her way the University of the Free State QwaQwa campus library. 

    Hon Members, the ANC finds it unacceptable for anyone to violate the Constitutional rights of another person.  Therefore, further efforts are made to address this challenge in the Free State province.  The department of Police, Roads and Transport has placed great emphasis on two specific programmes; the Civil Oversight and Crime Prevention and Community/ Police relations. The ANC calls upon the community to assist the South African Police Services (SAPS) by being active citizens who do not look away when a women or child is being abused. 

    The upcoming 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children, starting next week Tuesday 25th November until 10th December, marks the South African government’s alignment with the international community in breaking the cycle of violence.   We need to protect the women and children in our society and jointly work with the police to incarcerate criminals.

    Thank you.

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