Lepelle-Nkumpi last to host 16 Days National Dialogues

Lepelle-Nkumpi Municipality was the last to host the 16 days national dialogues on no violence against women and children. The dialogues were held on 12 December 2016 at Zebediela Moletlane. The dialogues were graced by the presence of Kgoshi Kekana III who also welcomed the community and appealed to them to participate fully and raise issues and challenges they experience without fear.

The dialogues were a programme led by the Department of Women. Deputy Director General from the Department of Women Mme Mmabatho Ramagoshi gave the purpose of the dialogues and how the programme has been unfolding throughout. People were divided into three groups as they engage in the dialogues, groups of men, women and youth.

The dialogues started on 28 November 2016 at Mohodi community hall in Molemole. Capricorn district municipality hosted this year’s official launch of the 16 days on no violence against women and children and national dialogues by President Jacob Zuma at Lebowakgomo civic centre in Lepelle-Nkumpi municipality. They took place across all municipalities with the district and Limpopo province at large between 28 November and 12 December 2016.

The dialogues were a nation wide programme taking place across nine provinces in the country. Although the dialogues in the province were officially closed on 09 December 2016 at Jane Furse in Makhuduthamaga by Minister in the department of women, Mme Susan Shabangu, they continued in the district until the 12th December 2016. In the district the 16 days national dialogues started in Molemole on 28 November, Blouberg on 29 November, Polokwane on 05 December and ended on 12 December 2016 at Zebediela Moletlane,  in Lepelle-Nkumpi Municipality.  In Lepelle-Nkumpi the dialogues were wrapped in style with a touching domestic violence stage drama act by Mamaolo Future Leaders group, a youth community structure.


The overall feedback on the dialogues was given at the official closing with the minister Mme Susan Shabangu shocked by some of the stories and challenges the communities raised during some of the sessions. The violence in families, rape against children and elders, missing children, alcohol and drug abuse, abuse of social grants and negligence of children were some of the few she highlighted. The department indicated that they are still going to compile a comprehensive report that will be presented to the President on the outcomes of the 16 days national dialogues in the country.

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