Hlomelang: Official Online Publication of the ANCYL
ANCYL Constitution: as amended and adopted by the 25th National Congress September 2015
Hlomelang: Vol. 13 No. 1: 25 July  07 August 2016
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ANCYL calls for justice to be served in this 16 days of activism and beyond

The African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) joins the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) in waiting with bated breath for the decision of the Supreme Court of Appeal sitting in Bloemfontein, in the matter of State v Pistorius. We salute the efforts of Advocate Gerrie Nel and his team at the NPA for having tirelessly pursued the course of justice.

As we approach the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women And Children, we remember Ms Reeva Steenkamp and many other victims of GENDER BASED VIOLENCE who have lost their lives at the hands of their partners or people known to them. We wait with a vested interest that justice is served in the late Mr "Flabba" Habedi murder case that is also currently before the courts. The outcomes of these cases must serve the interest of justice in the eyes of the ordinary person. The ANCYL believes that the fight for the protection of the rights of women and children must be a societal effort. We call upon those who are victims of gender based violence to ensure that they report these cases to the SOUTH AFRICAN LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES, including the South African Police Service (SAPS). The police must handle such cases with the sensitivity and attention that such cases require. Community structures must put in place the necessary programmes and systems that will ensure that such incidents are prevented.

The State v Pistorius case will always remind us of Reeva Steenkamp who was described by those who knew her, "as a young woman full of life, with the world at her feet". To us, REEVA represents an entire generation of young women who have died at the hands of those known to them. Similarly, let us not forget our South African rapper, commonly known as "Flabba" who died through the hands of his girlfriend. We are following this case with keen interest, which final judgment will significantly be handed down during the 16 Days of Activism.

We particularly call upon our members to actively work with the community structures in ensuring that women and children's rights are protected. We call upon all branches of the ANCYL to be at the forefront of this struggles in line with resolutions of our recently held National Congress.

Once again, the African National Congress Youth League remains committed to the historic task at the centre of our struggle, which is the gender, race and class struggle. We remain committed to the gender struggle just like all the others struggles. we believe in a FREE and AN EQUAL SOCIETY. Both men and women should live, alongside each other, in peace and harmony. We believe that the judges in these courts will ensure that justice is served, though the HEAVENS MAY FALL.

Issued by
Mlondi Mkhize
National Spokesperson
African National Congress Youth League