Deputy Minister of Transport Ms Dikeledi Magadzi has urged the community of Musekwa in the Makhado municipality to come together to fight gender based violence.
The deputy minister was speaking at Musekwa in the Makhado Local Municipality on Sunday during the opening during the official opening of Musekwa Rural Access Road (D3671) on Saturday during the event attended by Vhavenda King Toni Mphephu, MEC for transport and Community safety Mavhungu Lerule-Ramakhanya, Vhembe District Municipality Executive mayor Dowelani Nenguda and Makhado Local municipality mayor Samuel Munyai who was accompanied by speaker Lindiwe Mogale.
Ms Magadzi said the road cost more than R23-million to construct and was built by the department of Public works, roads and infrastructure.
The funding came from came the national department of transport’s Labor Intensive Rural Roads programme.
“I also urged you as a community to come together and fight the scourge of gender based violence, “she said.
She said women should also be involved in business and take up all opportunities in the country.
She told community members must work with traditional leaders and other stakeholders to fight the scourge.
The deputy minister said the programme helped create jobs for the local community.
“The phase two which is on the pipeline will yield more jobs, “she said.
Community members said while they appreciated the opening of the road, they hoped the government would raise funds to complete the road which has not reached the village.