Ixopo: The KZN MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Sipho Hlomuka has called for residents in the Harry Gwala District to not turn a blind eye to the abuse of women and children within their communities. Hlomuka said these words this morning at the commemoration of World Aids Day event which took place at the Peace Initiative Hall in Ixopo under the uBuhlebezwe Municipality.

The event which was attended by the Mayor of the Harry Gwala District Cllr Nxumalo, the Mayor of uBuhlebezwe Cllr Ngubo and local Amakhosi remembered those that have lost their lives to HIV/AIDS through the lighting of candles.

In his remarks, MEC Hlomuka called upon residents to take their place in the protection of the rights of women and children as this is an issue that cannot be separated from the government’s fight to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS within our communities.

“Today we remember those that have passed away because of this virus, we also take this opportunity to take stock of the progress we have made as a country in the fight against this virus. Today it is possible to leave a normal life even thou you might have HIV/AIDS, this points to the progress that has been made by medicine and science” said Hlomuka.

The District which is home to some of the most rural municipalities in the province is at the forefront of the fight against Gender-Based Violence and the spread of HIV/AIDS extensive programme have been rolled out by the government to protect human life.

During the Commemorations the MEC and Mayors were joined by residents in a candle lighting ceremony.