COSATU believes that structural violence is too endemic in South Africa to an extent that women and especially young women are unsafe even in places of worship. The federation condemns the abuse of power by some men of the cloth and some others who are in positions of authority. We are shocked at the manner that evidence is being led in the Port Elizabeth High Court.
COSATU applauds the manner in which the survivor, Cheryl, has handled herself under such trying circumstances and thank her for the example she has set for all GBV survivors to stand up for themselves. We are also calling on our members in the Eastern Cape Province to support the survivors of this violation by the alleged perpetrator who is a disappointment to many as a man who ought to have been trustworthy.
ZERO TOLERANCE FOR GBV!
DOWN WITH GBV! DOWN!
Issued by COSATU
Sizwe Pamla (Cosatu National Spokesperson)
Tel: 011 339 4911
Fax: 011 339 5080
Cell: 060 975 6794
COSATU President Zingiswa Losi on 082 088 1242