Masimanyane Women’s Rights International partnered with Bumb’Ingomso and the SAPS to host an intersectional campaign on gender-based violence and HIV/Aids in Mdantsane last Thursday.
“The purpose of the session was to engage the communities on what the intersection between HIV/Aids and violence against women is, its importance, and how this understanding can help fight against the social ill of violence against women and the epidemic of HIV/ and Aids,” said Bumb’Ingomso member Xolelwa Pona.
“Steve Letsike of the South African National Aids Council (Sanac) mentioned that homosexual relationships could be as abusive as heterosexual relationships. Police officers should normalise seeing gay and lesbian people coming to police stations to report crime and their abusive partners.
“Secretary general of the International Alliance of Women secretary-general Mmabatho Ramagoshi encouraged people to speak up about the abuse and the violation of women in churches, as she made reference to the Omotoso trial,” said Pona.
Captain Noyephi Mtalana of NU1 Mdantsane police station emphasised that when a person has been victimised by the SAPS, they have a right to report the matter to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid).