The South West Gauteng TVET college organised a peaceful march against the scourge of gender based violence, femicide and xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals. Students, college staff and community members handed a memorandum, with a list of demands, to Orlando police station’s station commander.
The march started at the George Tabor campus and included students from different campuses and community members.
Gauteng News spoke to the Principal of South West Gauteng college, George Tabor campus Dan Nkosi, “The mission is to make the college take a firm step against the scourge of violence, we are saying to our students they can expect police to do a good job but they must also play a role in assisting our police to bring about justice. Our students must rise and avail themselves to give evidence to such cases, we can play a role in sensitising our society and be accountable citizens”.
Officers from the Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) were present and students were chanting and singing, holding banners that demanded justice for the students who were brutally killed.
Rosani Mani, student representative council president, “We’re submitting a memorandum to Orlando police station. Two weeks ago one of our students was stabbed to death and we buried him last week. Another student, Tryphina, was mugged and left unconscious but luckily community members called the police who came to her aid.
Even when our students catch a train to Dube train station they regularly get mugged. We tried to involve residents from Dube hostel but no change has been done”.
Mani also mentioned that the suspect who killed Tryphina has been arrested and they have been attending the court case. Community members are urged to support and unite against gender based violence. The college will continue to raise awareness against gender based violence, femicide and xenophobic attacks on.