- Karen Landi was the victim of a brutal hijacking in Johannesburg in 2018
- The kind-hearted woman made news headlines for her bravery and her refusal to allow the incident to change her perception of fellow South Africans
- Landi has penned an open letter to President Cyril Ramaphosa in the wake of the crisis linked to gender-based violence and the new emergency plan
Nearly a year ago, South Africans were outraged to hear of the brutal assault and hijacking on Karen Landi.
Briefly.co.za previously reported on the attack that left Landi beaten and bruised.
Although the perpetrators may have broken part of Landi's body, they could't break her incredible spirit.
Landi is a well-known figure in her community thanks to her charity work and her story garnered even more attention when others learnt that the attack did not change her perception of our beautiful country.
In the wake of South Africa's gender-based violence crisis, Landi has written an open letter to President Ramaphosa.
Rather than single out flaws within the system, Landi provided practical advice in terms of who Ramaphosa could turn to for guidance and assistance to remedy the situation.
Good Things Guy reported on Landi's touching letter:
Dear Mr President
On the 16th February 2018 you sent out a call – #ThumaMina, in August 2019 you announced your “Khawuleza” model – moving with speed to deliver services, on Wednesday 18th September 2019 you announced a five-point emergency plan to put a halt to gender based violence.
I know that you have the will, there is a way – outlined in your emergency plan, what you need now are the right people. It is time to put to one side the bureaucrats and fat-cats, it is time to appoint the right people to get the job done – Khawuleza.
The right people are at the forefront of the scourge of abuse, violence, rape, and criminal acts against children – boys and girls – and women. They experience daily, first hand, the horrors, and yet every day they get up and show up providing support, counselling, medical care, love, kindness, empathy and compassion – for victims and their families. They seek justice for the victims and their families, they sit in court listening, actively holding to account perpetrators and a failing system.
The right people know the system – what is working and what is failing epically. They know the good guys – the people working in a system that is broken and too often re traumatises the victims. They know the bad guys – the apathetic, ineffective and inept that are causing the system to fail even further. They know what needs to be fixed and how to fix it.
The right people understand the cycle of abuse, they have identified that education needs to be a priority – in our schools and our communities, for years they have come face to face with rapists, pedophiles, sexual predators, violent perpetrators, the very worst of society – and yet they never flinch, never back down. The right people are courageous and tireless.
The right people work within organisational structures that are transparent and accountable. They successfully attract funding from the private sector who have already identified the importance of the work that they do and know that monies are accounted for, not squandered, that there is no bribery, no corruption – the money is spent as it has been intended.
Mr President – invite the right people to take a seat at the table, they have the skills, the experience and the commitment – give them the tools and let the right people get the job done.
This is my list of the right people. I have no doubt that there are many others who also have the skills and commitment but these people will know where to start and be able to put into action your five-point emergency plan to halt gender based violence.
Luke Lamprecht – Child Right’s Activist and Child Protection Specialist
Miranda Jordan – Founding Member and Director – Women and Men Against Child Abuse
Kevin Barbeau – Executive Director – Women and Men Against Child Abuse
Vincentia Dlamini – Operations Director – Women and Men Against Child Abuse
Rees Mann – Executive Director – South African Male Survivors of Sexual Assault
Dr Shaeda Omar – Director – The Teddy Bear Foundation
Michelle Hobkirk – Mothers Abuse Accountability
Nicky Shear – Mothers Abuse Accountability
Sheri Errington – Research Psychologist
“People ask why we go into the darkness, and the answer is simple – because there are people there.” Luke Lamprecht
It is time to bring light to the darkness Mr President and the time is now.
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