The Police Minister Bheki Cele and 100 police cadets have pledged their support and will be participating in the #100MenMarch that will take place in Tshwane on Tuesday.
“The scourge of violence against women and children is a huge threat to our development as a nation. On average, one in five South African women older than 18 has experienced physical violence,” the Minister said in a statement on Monday.
The Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) launched the #100MenMarch, calling on men to take a stand against the abuse of women and children.
The march forms part of the centenary celebrations of former President Nelson Mandela and struggle stalwart Mama Albertina Sisulu, who both committed their lives to the fight for human rights, particularly for women and children.
Minister Cele called on all organisations to demonstrate their resolve to ending violence against women and children by joining this important cause.
The Minister will be addressing the event as part of the main program pledging support to stop violence against women and children.
Already he has declared to prioritize and intensify the fight on crimes against women, children and the vulnerable groups when he tabled the SAPS Budget Vote in Parliament in May.
According to Statistics South Africa, the country has seen a 117% increase in cases of gender-based violence between 2015 and 2016/17.