Promoting the rights of women and children and combating gender-based violence as well as economic inequality are key focuses for Zanoxolo Mciteka.
As a community development practitioner with the department of social development, he supports community development through interventions including facilitating the No Means No campaign and the Stepping Stones programme. Mciteka is studying law at Wits University and organises fundraising through Unicef Wits.
He grew up in a family affected by poverty, substance abuse and gender-based violence and knows it’s the reality for many, yet he believes social justice is attainable. “I want the work we do to create sustainable livelihoods for the people who need it most,” he says.
His proudest moment was his first case of household profiling, when he identified needs and organised solutions for several families. “The joy on their faces gave me a sense of fulfilment and purpose,” he says.
One better individual results in better communities — better communities make a better South Africa.
I believe that social justice is an attainable dream.