Women were urged to unite and stand against women abuse and build a better society as there was a desperate need to put an end to the scourge.
Mrs Tammy Taylor SA finalist 2019/2020 Shirley Jones-Ndaba was addressing scholars following the recent rape and assault incident involving a Komani pupil. She was hosting a fund-raiser for a women’s charity she was affiliated with as a finalist at The Church of Jesus Christ recently.
The Rep reported on August 23, “Komani rape shock” when hundreds of demonstrators embarked on a march to the Queenstown magistrate’s court in support of a 15-year-old girl who was the victim. The pupil was allegedly attacked on her way home after watching another school’s matric dance.
Jones-Ndaba said hearing the news tore her heart and she had hoped to meet the girl in person before she learnt of her relocation to another area. However, she did manage to talk to one of the girl’s close friends.
“Sexual assault destroys a person emotionally and affects them physically. This kind of behaviour needs to come to an end and something needs to be done about it. The demonstration in support of the girl was a great initiative. It proved without doubt that women have a voice.”
She encouraged women to continue pledging the girl emotional support to avoid her life being destroyed by the trauma inflicted on her by the perpetrator.
“The charity gives bursaries to students who come from previously disadvantaged backgrounds.
Today we invited high school pupils from GHS, Hexagon, Hangklip, Lingelihle, Bulelani, Luvuyo, KwaKomani, Nkwanca, Mount Arthur and St James from Cofimvaba.”
“We are trying to introduce the ‘end girl hate’ campaign in schools to motivate the girls, to love, support and encourage each other and refrain from dragging each other down.”
The speakers were entrepreneur Pumla Shayi, motivational speaker Zikhona Ngxata, Dr Lubabalo Ndaba, Dr Sindiso Zhou and W4W movement’s Melissa Charnely.
Jones-Ndaba thanked sponsors for making the event a success including Kia Queenstown, Hundai Queenstown, Jackson’s Delta,Twizza Queenstown, Pick n Pay Queenstown , Elsolve Queenstown, Round Table Queenstown, Dr Ndaba Kazimbe Hendricks Inc, Dr Mahlasela, Dr Naidoo, Dr Makhele , Dr Jwaqa, Dr P.Jafta, Dr N Jafta,Dr Zulu, Dr Ndamase, Dr Mabandla, Dr Magida, Dr Maqela, Dr Langa, Russel & Son, Magers Pharmacy, Dr Kwaza, City of David Church, The Church of Jesus Christ Church, Remax, Val’s Decor and events, Three trees catering, Makazi’s Catering’s events , Lifestyle fantasies event, Vukani FM, Lukhanji FM, The Rep, Langoota Photography, Sibusiso Videography and Decore 8.
“Thank you to all business owners who were present, the MC Sesethu Time, principals and teachers and parents who released the students to come learn and be motivated at the event,” she said