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‘Safety starts in Your Family’ this #16DaysofActivism

25 November 2015

Statement by Dan Plato, Western Cape Minister of Community Safety


For the next 16 Days, the Department of Community Safety is teaming up with safety role-players across the province to take a stand against violence against women and children.

Our message is an important yet simple one – “Safety starts in Your Family”.

That is why we as safety partners - including the Department of Community Safety, the South African Police Service (SAPS), the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development (DOJ), SALGA, NICRO, Community Based organisations, local Community Police Forums (CPFs), the religious fraternity and other governmental departments – are reaching out to various communities to raise awareness about abuse, to provide intervention services where needed, and to encourage all in our communities to take a stand against abuse.

Each one of us has a duty to play in putting an end to domestic violence and abuse towards women and children. If you:

  • Are guilty of these offences seek help and stop the abuse.
  • Are a victim of such abuse, find the help available to stop the abuse.
  • Know of someone who is being abused – it is your duty to report the abuse, to assist the abused and to stop the abuse.


As we observe the international 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children between 25 November and 10 December, we realise that our combined efforts during the next 16 days can only lay the foundation for 365 days of action to eradicate the violence and abuse too many women and children still face in our communities.

Last night we launched our collective 16 Days of Activism campaign around the theme “Safety starts in Your Family” in Freedom Park, Mitchell’s Plain. Every women and child in our province deserves to have the freedom to feel safe where they live and as they go about their everyday activities.

The launch saw hundreds of community members joining in our march through the community to raise awareness and culminated in a street meeting where we openly and frankly discussed abuse, and discussed the services and help available to those who are facing abuse or those who might know someone suffering abuse.

We will now take our awareness drive street for street across communities during this time. We will be marching through our communities demanding an end to the abuse.

We will be gathering on street corners, in parks and on open fields so that our message is not confined to community halls filled with the converted. The message must reach the ears of the abusers, and be imprinted in the hearts and spirit of the abused, and ring out to those that stand idly by, in silence at the ongoing abuse. We all need to take the action necessary to end the abuse.

Government entities provide services throughout the year, and this campaign provides us with an opportunity to highlight what is on offer and to expand the reach of all safety role-players, better together.

The Western Cape Government acknowledges that safety is everyone’s responsibility and that all must be ignited to stand against violence and abuse.

We – government, the police and our safety partners - cannot do this alone. We need your help. We need you to join us, to speak out and to stand up against the abuse of our women and our children. I invite you to join us over the next 16 days at our various outreach events.

If anyone suspects abuse, report it immediately to SAPS on 10111 (24 hour service), Stop Gender Violence Helpline on 0800 150 150, Childline on 080 055 555 or contact the Western Cape Government Contact Centre on 0800 220 250 (7am – 7pm) to be connected to the Department of Social Development. For support and more information, SMS the word INFO to 35 395, or visit www.westerncape.gov.za






Meeting point for March

Venue for Ceremony

Tuesday, 24 Nov 2015

Freedom Park, Khayelitsha (Launch event)

16:00 – 19:00

Cnr of Langeberg Road and AZ Berman

Freedom Park, Real Madrid Circle


25 Nov 2015

Bishop Lavis

16:00 – 19:00

Lenton Drive behind Civic

Park in Sky Road, Opposite Sun Road

Friday, 27 Nov 2015


16:00 – 19:00

Kerria Ave

Dura Park, near Dura Flats, Reygersdal Drive

Monday, 30 Nov 2015


10:00 – 13:00

Site B Railway Station

YA Park, S to Z Block, Bangiso Drive

Friday, 4 Dec 2015

Happy Valley, Blackheath

16:00 – 19:00

Old Section Plaza, cnr of Allan Boesak and Ekuphumleni Street

Corner Congo Street and Great Kei Road

Saturday, 5 Dec 2015


12:00 – 15:00

Delft SAPS

Blikkiesdorp, newly built Play Park in Symphony Way

Monday, 7 Dec 2015

Scottsdene, Kraaifontein

16:00 – 19:00

SAPS off Botfontein Road

Heatherly Court, Rheebok Court

Tuesday, 8 Dec 2015

Lentegeur, Mitchell’s Plain

13:00 – 16:00

Lentegeur Civic

Woodlands Sport Field, Begonia Street

Wednesday, 9 Dec 2015

Du Noon

16:00 – 19:00

Thandabantu Road

Taxi Rank, Dumani Road

Thursday, 10 Dec 2015

Valhalla Park

16:00 – 19:00

Park in Tafelberg Road

Skate Park, Dumani Road

Friday, 11 Dec 2015


16:00 – 19:00

Park in Manitoba Street

Komlosie Park, Searl Street

Saturday, 12 Dec 2015

Nyanga (closing event)

12:00 – 15:00

Borcherds Quarry at the Robots

Zolani Centre Sportfield, Sithandatu Street


*The draft schedule of events is listed above, confirmed venues and times will be updated on the website –  https://www.westerncape.gov.za/dept/community-safety/documents/public_info/D/19705


** For more detailed information on the various types of abuse to look out for as well as the different organisations who can assist with help, visit - https://www.westerncape.gov.za/general-publication/16-days-activism-no-violence-against-women-and-children-2015