The Johannesburg stadium erupted as hundreds of men unequivocally declared that no women or child will be abused in their names.
They then took a pledge committing to speak out, act and prevent and gender based violence in their homes and communities.
The pledge was taken as part of the first national Men’s Rally to end men’s violence against women.
The rally was organised by the Brothers for Life Campaign in partnership with government.
Deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe, who delivered the keynote address at the rally, reminded men that it was their duty to protect women and children. He said: “The rally must unite all South African men to commit their support in ending violence against women and children.”
“Today should not be the end of our effort but the beginning. We go back engage with our families, co-workers and communities about how we can end violence against women and children,” he said.
Also present at the rally were Minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities, Lulu Xingwana, Minister of Correctional Service Sbusiso Ndebele and Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau.
Xingwana pleaded with men to stop substance abuse, saying it was one of the contributing factors to the high incidence of gender-based violence in South Africa.
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