Time for the abuse to stop

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Tha­bile Mange

ABUSERS and killers have had the li­cence of play­ing God with the lives of help­less women for far too long.

These men have had the lib­erty of treat­ing the fairer sex like non-en­ti­ties. This has be­come nor­mal, but it is un­ac­cept­able.

Re­cently we have seen a spike in the hor­ren­dous mur­ders of women, es­pe­cially by their lovers. What’s even worse is that it’s young girls who are be­ing killed in the name of love. This seems to be more preva­lent in Gaut­eng.

Mean­while, men have been fold­ing their arms and watch­ing while women are be­ing abused and killed mer­ci­lessly by other men. This has been go­ing on for far too long. It has taken the deaths of many women for men to stand up and say enough is enough. And it’s bet­ter late than never.

Men have taken a stand and are say­ing #NotInOurName. By com­ing out in the open and say­ing this is wrong, they are con­fronting the prob­lem head on. They are also part­ner­ing with women in the fight against this evil.

Po­lice need to come to the party too. I have heard many sto­ries of po­lice of­fi­cers (in­clud­ing women) who pro­tect abusers.

The re­sult is that women no longer re­port abuse to the po­lice be­cause they have lost con­fi­dence in the sys­tem.

Women need as­sur­ance that the law is on their side. At the mo­ment, they feel let down by the sys­tem. They also don’t feel safe and pro­tected by the po­lice against their abusers. This must stop.

Yes, women abusers and killers are the mi­nor­ity, but they are ter­ror­is­ing women as if they out­num­ber us. They also have the courage to do what they are do­ing be­cause it is so­cially ac­cept­able.

I hope and trust that the #NotInOurName cam­paign will change that. Kag­iso

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