Gauteng's MEC for Community Safety, Faith Mazibuko, will be leading a women's march in Diepsloot on Friday evening as part of a programme to reclaim the dignity and rights of women in the crime-ravaged area.
Spokesperson Pinkie Numa says Diepsloot has been identified as one of the top five areas in the province with high levels of gender-based violence and the march is being held under under the banner of "Reclaiming the Night".
It's a combination of various crimes - you're talking about sexual assault, femicide, sexual harassment...— Pinkie Numa, Spokesperson - Gauteng MEC for Community Safety
The march is aimed at getting women to speak out while also encouraging the men of the community to protect women and children.
We are going to be going through the community thoroughly and engaging with them.— Pinkie Numa, Spokesperson - Gauteng MEC for Community Safety
It's about ensuring that the voice of women and their rights are affected in a way to say, we are allowed to wear whatever we want and it is not an invitation for assault.— Pinkie Numa, Spokesperson - Gauteng MEC for Community Safety
But what happens once the MEC and her escort leave tonight? Numa says the march is part of a broader programme.
Various operations have started yesterday, within Diepsloot, We are going to continue to monitor the situation in the area and one of the initiatives from the department is that we're strengthening the Community Policing Forum.— Pinkie Numa, Spokesperson - Gauteng MEC for Community Safety
She says a "safety kiosk" will also be set up to follow up on cases the police station is not able to resolve. The officers running it will be authorised to carry out citizen's arrests.
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