Fresh, Marawa and Booth down for #NoEx­cuse cam­paign

The New Age (Gauteng) - - NEWS - NONTOKOZO GXUMISA non­toko­zog@the­newage.co.za

RA­DIO per­son­al­i­ties Robert Marawa and DJ Fresh as well as for­mer Bafana Bafana de­fender Matthew Booth have joined the anti-do­mes­tic abuse cam­paign #NoEx­cuse launched by Min­is­ter of Women in the Pres­i­dency Su­san Sha­bangu.

The an­nounce­ment was made at the #NoEx­cuse launch event at the South African Brew­eries (SAB) head­quar­ters in Bryanston on Mon­day.

The #NoEx­cuse move­ment is a longterm, five­year ini­tia­tive headed up by a con­sor­tium of non-gov­ern­men­tal and civic or­gan­i­sa­tions that fo­cus on driv­ing pos­i­tive change among South African men.

DJ Fresh, who hosts the Fresh Break­fast on Metro FM, said he joined the move­ment be­cause he wants to set an ex­am­ple to his chil­dren.

Fresh said he used to quar­rel with his wife a lot and was both­ered that their fights were wit­nessed by his son.

“We fought a lot, some­times about noth­ing. Our fights would de­gen­er­ate to al­most ver­bal abuse, un­til our son who was three at the time wit­nessed all of it and it both­ered me that he was see­ing that, now I have learned to not let anger over­come me, in­stead I walk away,” he said.

Marawa said this cam­paign would be the voice for the voice­less vic­tims who of­ten hide be­hind make-up and other things to con­ceal their bruises and scars.

“In my line of work, I have wit­nessed col­leagues hide their bruises with makeup.

“It both­ered me that I couldn’t help them, so when this op­por­tu­nity pre­sented it­self it only made sense that I use my voice in fight­ing gen­der based vi­o­lence,” he said.

Sha­bangu said the com­pany re­spon­si­ble for the man­u­fac­tur­ing of al­co­hol has a great re­spon­si­bil­ity ahead.

“SAB has a big re­spon­si­bil­ity ahead be­cause peo­ple use its brand as an ex­cuse to be vi­o­lent. We wel­come the ini­tia­tive to drive pos­i­tive change in the coun­try,” she said.

On Novem­ber 19, the #NoEx­cuse move­ment will take to the streets of Cape Town as it em­barks on a demon­stra­tive march to the South African Par­lia­ment, un­der the clar­ion call of end­ing gen­der-based vi­o­lence.

PIC­TURE: METRO FM

AC­COUNT­ABIL­ITY: Ra­dio and TV’s Robert Marawa.

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