Representatives of various sectors of society have this morning expressed support for the #100MenMarch, which is now underway in Tshwane.
Among them are actors, social activists, NGOs and various organisations.
Prominent actor Sello Maake kaNcube told SAnews he is supporting the event because of his staunch opposition to gender-based violence.
“I would like to see men taking responsibility for their own actions in restoring and going back to dignity,” he said.
Ncube said men must make sure they take responsibility when they are fathers.
“If we don’t father our children, who will? We are not men because we can make babies. We are men because we can take care of those babies,” he said.
Pretoria-based social activist Yusuf Abramjee applauded Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) for the initiative, saying the levels of violence against women and children were alarming.
“We have to take a stand. GCIS needs to be saluted for taking the initiative and bringing it to the people. The only way we can create change is by awareness and education.
“I’m happy that senior government ministers are joining the march and that civil society and NGOs are joining the march. We have to come out united in taking a stand against the high levels of violence.”
Javu Baloyi, the spokesperson for the Commission for Gender Equality, described today’s march as historic.
“For the first time, we are partnering with government, faith-based and civil society organisations and Chapter Nine institutions… We’ve had enough.
“We want to see the scourge being arrested. We have realised that we have been working in silos. We are going to go to the provinces and make sure that all those committing barbaric, heinous acts are removed and locked away,” he said.