Mamelodi residents to march against women abuse

Men in heels. Photo:BBC/GettyImages.

Two women are to lead a march against women abuse in Mamelodi on Saturday.

Marchers are expected to gather from 07:30 at Monaco shops and will depart at 08:15 for Maseko square.

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Mamelodi East residents Mitchell Rasuthu and Kate Kekana said they were tired of seeing stories of women who were killed by their partners and strange men.

“We want to speak out as women and men of Mamelodi and take a stand against the abuse of women.

“Women who are the most vulnerable people get preyed on by men. We get raped and burnt. Why?” asked Rasuthu.

She said the march should be attended by both men and women.

“It is not a women’s problem. It affects us all. Caring and responsible men should join the march and say ‘not in my name’,”

Rasuthu said men should wear red lipstick and heels and “walk in women’s shoes for a day”.

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Kekana said they wanted Mamelodi to be a safer place for women.

“I want a girl to walk around the streets without feeling scared or anything. She needs to walk wherever she wants and good men have to protect her,” she said.

“I love my community. And one of the goals is to uplift it and through this march, me and my friend (Rasuthu) will drive that much needed change.”

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