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Homeless men help remove abortion posters

It’s time for men to take their rightful positions in the community and to do right by women

MORE than 100 homeless men took to the streets of Southernwood last week to remove abortion posters which had been posted on electricity boxes, walls and lamp posts.

DOING THEIR BIT: Homeless men take down some posters

The men worked in conjunction with the Salvation Army and Man on a Mission, the latter an East London movement which focuses on addressing the ills of society with the focus on the pillars of manhood – being a spouse and a father.

Man on a Mission chairman Thabo Mkhencele, who led a motivational talk, said the men were told that being homeless did not make them any less of a man and that it takes one person to change the world.

The clean-up was held just before a march which started near the Buffalo City College in support of the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children.

“The commitment that was shown [by the homeless men] was great. It’s time for men to take their rightful positions in the community and to do right by women.”

Major Melvera Deslate from Salvation Army said they would continue removing the posters.

“The men are happy to do it because they are making a difference in our community.”

BCMM spokesman Sibusiso Cindi said: “BCMM does not allow any person to put up posters and signage on walls without prior approval from the municipality. The municipality appreciates help from organisations or people. BCMM has got bylaws meant to deal with posters and signage posted on walls or lamp posts illegally.”

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