Today, DA Women’s Network Leader (DAWN) Dr Nomafrench Mbombo and Eastern Cape Provincial Chairperson, Georgina Faldtman, were at the Port Elizabeth High Court to lend their support to 22 year old, Cheryl Zondi, and other victims who fell victim to sexual violence at the hands of Nigerian born Pastor, Tim Omotoso.
Omotoso is allegedly accused of using his church as a front to rape and traffic young girls.
The DA finds it outrageous that, at a time when violence and rape against women is on the increase, religious figures who are supposed to provide a moral direction to society, have abused their position of trust and turned sex predators.
DAWN is of the firm view that our courts need to adopt a hardline approach to sex predators, not only as a way of confirming that such reprobate behaviour will not be tolerated but also an assurance to women that their cry for protection is not in vain.
Our court support to Cheryl was to send a clear message that abuse and violence against women will not be tolerated, irrespective of one’s station in life. We cannot allow our society to degenerate to a point where women are reduced to living their lives with fear. This is a cause that DAWN will fight for until the dignity and security of our women and children is restored.
We wish to commend Cheryl for the courage she exhibited this morning when she testified against Omoroso. Her voice spoke for the multitude of other victims that fell prey to the predatory overtures of Omoroso.
It was sad to witness the crowd which gathered in support of Omoroso and hurled insults at Cheryl. While every person has a right to protest, our obligation as members of society is to ensure that the fight against gender-based violence is not suppressed through oppressive religious beliefs.
DAWN will keep advocating for One South Africa for All that guarantees the protection of women and children against all forms of violence.
DA Women’s Network leader
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