Police Minister Bheki Cele speaks at the Union Buildings. Picture: Rudzani Matshili

Pretoria - As part of the end of the formal programme of the #100MenMarch a pledge against gender based violence was signed by ministers and faith-based organisations. 

Ministers and deputy ministers also lit a torch in commitment against gender-based violence . 

This was after thousands participated in the #100MenMarch from the corner Madiba and Kgosi Mampuru Streets in a 2.5km walk to the Union Buildings.

The march aimed to highlight the impact of violence against women and children and a call for an end of the violence.

A torch was lit in commitment against gender-based violence. Video: Rudzani Matshili

Speaking during the programme, Police Minister Bheki Cele said: “This day should be everyday. It should not only be today and you go home and do exactly what you are not supposed to do. 

“Men, we have invited you here today and especially the young men that are training as South African police officers. 

"We want you to have a feel and understand what it is about.

He also encouraged women to not stay in abusive relationships. 

“If women say no, it must be no. When these women come battered, bruised and bloodied to police stations, don't send them home to negotiate because you will be sending them to their death,” he told the crowd.

The pledge that was signed by all the dignitaries. Picture: Rudzani Matshili

“Women take care of yourselves. 

Any man who points a finger at you, walk away. Don't ever stay with any man who abuses you,” he said. 

Marchers have now dispersed.

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