As we draw close to the end of women's month, let us use the remaining days to celebrate the incredible women who continue to play a remarkable role in Ugu District communities.
We build on their fearlessness and courage to stand up against inequality, gender-based violence and their continuous zero tolerance approach towards all forms of abuse in all its ugly faces.
This year, women's month is again celebrated under difficult circumstances where social gatherings are limited to prevent the spread of Covid-19 virus. We encourage all residents to register for vaccinations in order to reduce the number of Covid-19 infections.
Women in various parts of the country and in our communities, continue to face the scourge of gender based violence and femicide. The minister of Police Bheki Cele recently revealed shocking statistics of how women are robbed of their rights to feeling safe and secure, sometimes at their own homes. The continuous killing and abuse of women at the hands of their loved ones is a grave concern and should be called out at all times.
Just a few days ago, a final year law student from the University of Fort Hare had allegedly been killed and butchered to pieces before her body was 'stuffed' in a suitcase by her alleged partner. The gruesome murder of Nosicelo Mtebeni speaks volumes on how we as government and society need to strengthen our fight against GBV.
We therefore reiterate President Cyril Ramaphosa's statement that “The rights of women are inalienable and must be enforced." We encourage our men in the district to collectively unite against these violent crimes.
As Ugu District Municipality, we are committed to empowering women and young girls to focus on education and contribute towards changing the notion that confine women to being marginalized economically.
Cllr SR Ngcobo, Mayor Ugu District Municipality