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ANCYL Supports Country-Wide #TotalShutDown protests against gender-based violence

1 August 2018

The African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL), a critical voice of the youth of South Africa, pledges its unwavering support and solidarity on the ongoing #TotalShutDown nation-wide protests against gender-based violence, as organised by various organizations of civil society and progressive women`s formations.

The Congress Youth League is emboldened by unity of purpose demonstrated by all social forces in these nation-wide protests to rid our country of being a "den or heaven" of gender-based violence. The recent spate of gender-based violence has been an eye sore in the eyes of the global community and a serious threats to our efforts to build a South Africa that belongs to all, irrespective of one`s sexual orientation, creed and religious beliefs.

Our leaders and structures across the country have joined thousands of protesters in major cities; towns; villages and workplace to protest against the rising scourge of violence against the most vulnerable society, especially women and children. Today`s protests are part of a collective voice to air disapproval on violence meted against women and children. This a very symbolic way of paying homage to our two decorated centennials and exemplary products of the Congress Youth League, President Nelson Mandela and Mme Albertina Sisulu.

The ANCYL is horrified at the spate of violence against women and children, especially targeting a girl child. We live in a country that is ravaged by atrocious violence against women and children, especially targeted against female black African working class women and children, most often by people living within our apartheid-created townships or squalid squatter camps.

The violent nature of our society is a result of the Capitalism that is sexist and breeds violence targeting the most vulnerable. It is within this context that gender-based violence should be understood as a class issue, given the scandalous inequalities and poverty that continues to persist post the 1994 democratic breakthrough. Today`s country-wide protests lay a solid foundation to build a mass based popular front to isolate the rotten stratum in society that is behind gender based violence.

We call on the democratic State to strengthen its capacity to respond decisively against all forms of gender-based violence against women and children. It is our belief as the Congress Youth League that perpetrators of gender-based violence should receive harsh sentences and rot in jail.

The Congress Youth League further calls on the working class and poor youth, both in urban and rural areas, to intensify the struggle for the total implementation of the Radical Socio-Economic Transformation agenda, as defined in the Freedom Charter, as part of securing and delivering a just future for all. Our structures and activists are encouraged to swamp en masse these protests and add our organization`s voice.

Mlondi Mkhize
ANC Youth League
National Spokesperson