Women speak out

LEPHALALE — On Saturday 22 February a group of learners from Phegelelo and Tielelo Secondary Schools, as well as concerned women from Marapong, took to Lephalale SAPS with a memorandum.

Learners held up posters with the theme “Am I next?” and asked questions such as: “how much more blood of women to be split, how many more to be murdered?”

The coordinator of the walk for women protection, Lesego Phogole, said this was a march against gender-based violence and murders of women in Lephalale.

“We are protesting murders of women that have been occurring in our community in recent times.

Three women have been killed since January in this small area and we say one death is one too many.

“All these incidents make me wonder if the legal system is taking women seriously, as we also protested gender-based violence in 2018 and we made it clear that no rapist should get bail.

“We are protesting to make sure that they take us in consideration and to stop judges from giving bail to rapists before more young girls and women get killed,” she said.

Phogole says the memorandum will be delivered at Lephalale Magistrate’s Court on 27 February when Zechariah Moabi appears for formal bail application in the murder case of Tshidi Mocheko.

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