Wanted for rape of a 6 year old girl: His name is Godfrey Tshuma.

The complainant left her two daughters at house number 705 corners of Edith Cavelle and Van Der Merwe road in Hillbrow, to go to work. On her return from work she asked her daughters to go and have a bath. Her 6 years old refused to go and bath complaining that she had pain in her private parts. The complainant rushed her to the nearest doctor and after examination it was confirmed that she has been sexually abused and raped.

During an interview with the child she alleged that Godfrey Tshuma was the perpetrator. He was arrested and later received bail but disappeared. Godfrey is a Zimbabwean national.

The 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children is an international awareness-raising campaign. It takes place every year from 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) to 10 December (International Human Rights Day). The period includes Universal Children’s Day and World AIDS Day.

This year’s 16 Days of Activism for  No Violence Against Women and Children Campaign (16 Days campaign) is important because we commemorate many milestones. The year 2014 marks 60 years since the signing of the Women’s Charter on 17 April 1954 in Johannesburg; 20 years of freedom and democracy in South Africa and 16 years of the 16 Days of Activism Campaign.

South Africa adopted the campaign in 1998 as one of the intervention strategies towards creating a society free of violence. The campaign continues to raise  awareness amongst South Africans about the negative impact of violence against women and children (VAW&C) on all members of the community.

Objectives of the campaign

The objectives of the 16 Days Campaign are to:

  • Attract all South Africans to be active participants in the fight to eradicate VAW&C; hence the theme: Count me in: Together moving a non-violent South Africa forward.”
  • Expand accountability beyond the Justice, Crime Prevention and Security (JCPS) cluster to include all government clusters and provinces.
  • Combine technology, social media, the arts, journalism, religion, culture and customs, business and activism to draw attention to the many ways VAW&C affects the lives of all people in all communities around the world.
  • Ensure mass mobilisation of all communities to promote collective responsibility in the fight to eradicate violence against women and children.
  • Encourage society to acknowledge that violence against women and children is NOT a government or criminal justice system problem, but a societal problem, and that failure to view it as such results in all efforts failing to eradicate this scourge in our communities.
  • Emphasise the fact that the solution lies with all of us.

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