Harassment Of Women In Public Places a Cause For Concern : Minister Nyoni

By Anyway Yotamu

HARARE – The Ministry of Women Affairs, Community, Small and Medium Enterprises Development has expressed concern over the increase in the abuse of women in public places with touts being the biggest culprits.

This comes after the release of a video which has gone viral on social media in which an elderly woman was harassed by touts at a bus terminus.

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Minister Sithembiso Nyoni highlighted the need to nip such behaviour in the bud saying it limits women’s access to essential services.

“This is happening in broad daylight on streets, bus termini, near schools, markets and water distribution sites in diverse settings, both rural and urban. Such acts reduce women and girls’ ability to participate freely in work, at school, and in national development, and limits their access to essential services and enjoyment of freedoms granted by our Constitution.”

She also assured the nation that the perpetrators will face the music.

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“We would like to assure citizens that in collaboration with the relevant duty bearers, my Ministry shall ensure that corrective action is taken and these perpetrators are brought to book.

Eventually, we want to witness the removal of touts from all bus termini. Public spaces must be safe for all and may it be known that the law enforcing agents shall not deal with this lightly.”

It is not the first time that touts have manhandled passengers with one such incident having led to the death of an elderly man at fourth street bus terminus in 2017.

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