While the army has been deployed to crime-ridden areas of the Cape Flats, mothers of children slain years before are still marching for the resolution of their cases.
A study conducted by the HSRC and commissioned by Grassroots Soccer and Soul City Institute show alarming rates of sexual violence towards primary school girls in Khayelitsha.
Women from all walks of life joined the march to Parliament to highlight gender-based violence in South Africa.
Three feminists from different parts of the world and speaking on a panel hosted by the Tshisimani Centre for Activist Education, argued that strict laws are not a deterrent to gender-based violence and rape.
In a meeting with various organisations the Commission for Gender Equality revealed that incest, parents forcing children into marriage, female farm workers sleeping with male supervisors to secure work, and child trafficking for sex work is rife in the Western Cape.
A gender based violence campaign community meeting called by the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) in Khayelitsha highlighted the need for the police and the community to fight violence directed at women and children. Themed on the need to work together, the event was part of the 16 Day of Activism against gender violence.