The Minister of Community Safety, Albert Fritz, joined a group of 25 women in a walkabout in Tafelsig in Mitchells Plain on Monday, August 9. The aim of the walkabout forms as part of the Department of Community Safety’s support for Women’s Month.
According to Minister Fritz, the month of August is a time to commemorate the 20 000 women who sacrificed and marched to the Union Buildings in 1956, but the commemoration must be done specifically within the context of the many sacrifices and struggles which women have to make and live through today.
“It is a time to take stock of how far we’ve come since 1956, but also how far we still have to go on the road to empowering women in real terms,” Fritz said.
Fritz added that in celebration of Women’s Month, the Department of Community Safety will offer self-defence and first aid training to the women.
“We want to acknowledge our women and thank them for everything that they are doing in our communities. Without them, without the work that they do, very often on a voluntary basis, I am certain our society would collapse. As the Department of Community Safety, we will continue to work with our women to ensure their empowerment in real, concrete ways,” Fritz reiterated.
Meanwhile, the body of a woman was found raped and murdered in Browns Farm in Philippi. Police spokesperson Colonel Andrè Traut confirmed that her alleged suspect was arrested and is due to appear in the Athlone Magistrates’ Court, as News 24 reports.