The Forum of African Psychology condemns the violence against women, children and African nationals from sister countries
The Forum of African Psychology (FAP) notes with great concern the increasingly high level of violence, more especially the senseless killing of women and children by men in our country.
FAP is also deeply disturbed by the recent attacks directed at African nationals from the rest of our beloved continent. As an organisation whose members are experts in the field of psychosocial wellness, we are extremely concerned about the damaging impact that this violence will have on individuals, families and communities. We therefore condemn these barbaric acts and call on the relevant authorities to ensure the safety of women and the girl child everywhere in our country. We also call on the government to intervene decisively to curb the xenophobic violence. Government, business, civil organisations, and all structures of society should work hand-in-hand to reduce the gap between the poorest and the richest, in South Africa. We call for serious introspection to establish how we are all complicit in these unravelling events, one way or another. Efforts towards inter-regional dialogue, to address all issues affecting the region, are now more important than ever. FAP stands ready to mobilise its members to contribute towards efforts aimed at healing those in our midst who have been brutalised and traumatised by these acts of violence.
Issued by the Forum of African Psychology
Date: 09 September 2019