The Absa Premiership League (PSL) chairman Dr Irvin Khoza received a symbolic torch from Million Women March (MWM) to pledge his and PSL support in the fight against gender-based violence and abuse of children.
This is part of the 16 Days of Activism Against Women and Children abuse.
Million Women March (MWM), an organization that was established to advocate against gender-based violence.
The torch was handed to Khoza by a group of women who marched to the PSL headquarters on Thursday.
In a press conference afterwards at the event held at the League’s offices in Parktown‚ Johannesburg‚ Khoza pledged R500‚000 to MWM from the PSL.
This is indeed a worthy cause that the chairman has pledged to support especially considering sad tales of how women and children are being abused and molested in society everyday and also considering that the PSL managed to declare a R1 billion turnover for the 2018/19 season.
“As a man‚ it’s a challenge and a call to all the people of my kind that we cannot be bystanders and not participate in making sure that we add the voice‚ and making sure that even those people who are perpetrators who don’t watch television or use social media can hear us and feel us‚”
“You brought this light today for us to use our platform to amplify the focus on those people, houses and homes that are burden with the scourge of violence in our country,”
“When the people came in here I was touched by the song they were signing. It is a song of a cry that why are we standing and become a witness in this violence that is damaging and destroying the fabric of our society.”
Khoza has called on all men to create a friendly environment for children particularly females. He further said parents should feel comfortable taking their daughters to the stadiums.
“It is my wish as the chairman of the PSL that a father or mother is as comfortable taking their eight-year-old girl as they are with their eight-year boy. This we can only achieve if the environment we create is friendly to the boy as it is to the girl.” said Khoza
By Gerald Dandah