By: Esethu Matetu
Port Elizabeth- Nelson Mandela Bay was brought to a standstill on Wednesday, as the much anticipated march against gender-based violence #TheTotalShutdown took to the streets.
Women and men from the city gathered in hundreds from NewLaw Magistrate Court and marched along Goven Mbeki Avenue towards the City Hall, to hand over a memorandum of demands to Nelson Mandela Bay Executive Mayor Athol Trollip.
The Municipality’s Nontsikelelo Antoni indicated her concern in the number of women within leadership that did not show up at the march.
“There are a lot of women who were supposed to be in the march who are within the council and the women’s league, the ones that are here are not even 10 percent.” said Nontsikelelo.
Nonstikelelo further challenged Mayor Athol Trollip to take initiative and work tirelessly in uplifting women to be the majority within the city’s leadership structure.
“While in other cities women take charge of their own coccus. The Nelson Mandela Bay is the only city where even the mayor does not want women to take charge of their own coccus”, described Nontsikelelo.
Meanwhile in Gauteng, thousands of women who took part in the march to the Union Buildings said they were disappointed that President Cyril Ramaphosa was a no-show.
The group waited for President Cyril Ramaphosa to receive and sign the memorandum‚ but he was a no show. According to reports from TimesLive, one of the organisers‚ Gaopalelwe Phalaetsile‚ Ramaphosa sent Minister Ayando Dlodlo‚ who also apparently did not show up.