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Through Nomalanga Tshuma Post publication time13 min ago

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Cape Town – In commemoration of Freedom Day, learners and teachers from Alexander Sinton High School in Athlone, held a placard demonstration along Jan Smuts Drive, to raise awareness about gender-based violence (GBV), racism and to harassment in society.

The group, which consisted of the board of learner representatives and class representatives, organized an hour-long sign demonstration and a drive-through protest that their families, friends and community sounding their car horns to support them .

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Stephen Lebethe, RCL teacher and teacher-learner, said that while discussing the activities they are organizing to commemorate Freedom Day, the learners came up with the idea of ​​holding the sign demonstration to raise awareness of the gender-based violence, racism and bullying.

Leben said: “Our learners chose the protest to commemorate and celebrate Freedom Day because they see and understand that we cannot truly be free as a country as long as these issues continue to hamper our bitter struggle. for democracy.

“As a school we have a very proud history of fighting and campaigning for the issues that plague our society, we were proud of our learners for taking the initiative to carry on the legacy and taking an active stand against these. problems.”

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RCL President Ghusnaa Fakier said: “The idea behind yesterday’s protest was not just to raise awareness about some of the most serious social ills plaguing our community.

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“We believe that as young people it is important to make our voices heard and to speak out so that we can contribute to change. We also wanted to encourage other young people to stand up and unite for a stronger front by sounding the alarm on these issues so that those in power will take notice and trigger appropriate responses.

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“Our country is unique, but our challenges are not. It’s time for things to change and this is just one example of how we can do it. We are raising awareness today and tomorrow we will continue with a different activity but the objective remains the same, to rid our communities and our spaces of these vile challenges. I believe that as young people with the right mindset we can do this, but it all starts with taking a stand against gender-based violence, racism and bullying, ”said Fakier.

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