By Joshua Motsomane
THABAZIMBI – Women councillors and employees of the Thabazimbi Municipality held the Women’s Day on Friday 24 August 2012 at Thaba Park.
“It is on this month when twenty one thousand women said ‘enough is enough’ and led by four stalwarts, Charlotte Maxeke, Hellen Joseph, Rahima Moosa and Sophia Williams De Bruyn, marched to the Union buildings to deliver a petition against the dreaded pass laws for Black people” said Mayor Mosito.
She further said that, it is the strength and boldness of women of this calibre that are celebrated.
“Today the bold action of these women stalwarts is aptly coined in a phrase, “Wa’thintha bafazi wa’thintha umbokodo” – You strike a woman, you strike a rock,” added Mosito.
Mosito said, “Today our struggle as women has a different face. Today our struggle as women is to occupy our rightful place in society. Today our struggle as women is to demand an end to women and child abuse, today our struggle as women is to say, emphatically, “no” to nepotism and corruption and today our struggle as women is to take the helm of leadership and maintain the democratic state we have established.”
As women in South African society, we need to take the lead in developing South African society: to create economic opportunities for women and enter the main stream of the economy, to create job opportunities for women and also establish skills development programmes to ensure that we have skilled and competent employees at the workplace, to ensure that the health and social needs of our communities are addressed and that the children and aged are given the necessary attention, to defend ourselves against gender-based violence and continue our campaigns and make every day a day against women and child abuse, to increase our awareness and fight against the HIV/AIDS scourge that is a menace to our society, to focus our energy on the development of rural women and ensure that we create viable opportunities for them to earn a decent livelihood.
In her conclusion, Mosito congratulated the Honourable Dr Nkosasana Dlamini Zuma on her remarkable achievement of becoming the Chairperson of the African Union. She is indeed an exemplary figure for women to emulate.
Mosito said she believes in women to make a change in society, however, they must make a concerted and determined effort to achieve them. She hopes that every woman will someday reach the desired aspiration that they set out to achieve. “Remember, ‘You are the architect of your own destiny’ and it is only you that can make the phrase, ‘the sky is the limit’ a realisation.” Mayor concluded.
Municipal women employees listening to the Mayor during women’s day.