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SOUTH AFRICA: Anglican leads march against abuse of women and children

By David Wanless
[Ecumenical News International]  Anglican Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane has marched with the mayor of Cape Town, one of South Africa's capital cities, to mark a campaign against excessive violence against women and children.

Before the November 26th march, Ndungane had told journalists, "The dire situation calls for all instruments of justice and security to play their part. It is our responsibility as citizens to play our part too." He was referring to a growing campaign in which churches are becoming more involved, to curb violent crime in South Africa. 

"We read in our papers and magazines, hear on our radios and see on our TVs, every day, at least one report where a woman or child has been injured or killed, usually by a member of their family or community," said Ndungane.

The march on South Africa's parliament at the start of a 16 day campaign also included Cape Town mayor, Helen Zille, and Western Cape education minister Cameron Dugmore. They were flanked by police and a marching band.

At Bishopscourt, Ndungane's residence, the spokesperson of the His People Church, the Rev. Errol Naidoo, had called on the media to refrain from using images that degrade women.

"Women deserve the dignity that God has created in them. The media in general should refuse [advertisements] with women hanging from poles. These images degrade and dehumanise women," said Naidoo.