TAC marches against gender-based violence in uMgungundlovu

In response to the recent rape of the six year old daughter of a TAC member in Elandskop, KwaZulu-Natal TAC uMgungundlovu (Pietermaritzburg) marched through Elandskop last week demanding an end to gender-based violence (GBV), sexual assault and rape in the community and asking for improvements in the local criminal justice system. Out of the eight rapes reported in Elandskop this year only one has ended in a conviction. The 32 year old man who was accused of raping the six year old daughter of a TAC member was arrested but released on bail shortly afterwards and is now back in the community. Last week’s march, attended by over 300 TAC members and local residents, culminated in the handing over of a memorandum to SAPS and local traditional authorities. A copy of the memorandum, which lays out a number of concrete dema nds related to the rape of the TAC member’s young daughter as well as GBV, sexual assault and rape in Elandskop more generally, can be downloaded by clicking here.