Men’s forum begun to fight woman abuse
ON July 16, Kagiso men marched against women abuse in the area. The new executive mayor of Mogale City, Patick Naga Lipudi, also formed part of the march. So did the members of the mayoral committee of Mogale City.
The march, which was organised by the Kagiso Men’s Forum (KMF), started from BP garage, popularly known as Sonap, to the open space near Kagiso library. The turn-out, which also included women, was fair. The theme of the march was “Not in Our Name”.
The programme, which was short and to the point, began at 1pm. The programme director was Vuyo Jubasi. Dr Joe Mabuela, a cleric and member of the interim committee of the KMF, opened with a prayer.
Vuyo Zali, who is also a member of the interim committee, was the main speaker. Zali gave a brief background of the KMF, its programmes and meeting times. “We need to reclaim our city,” said Zali.
It is always a mammoth task to lure men to initiatives such as these.
This is because males believe that they have a right to abuse women. That’s how they were socialised. And they have been brought up in an environment where abuse against females is a norm.
Having said that, KMF seeks to change all the above and deprogramme men.
The forum wants to produce a responsible generation of males who love and respect women, a generation that also sees the fairer sex as human beings, not nonentities.
KMF, brainchild of Jubasi, was formed about six weeks ago. The formation was motivated by a spike in the abuse and killings of women by males.
So when Jubasi invited males from Kagiso to come together and address this burning and emotive issue, they responded positively.
KMF meetings are held every Tuesday, at 5.30pm, at the Faith Community Sanctuary (opposite ZCC) in Kagiso.
Thanks to Dr Mabuela for opening doors for local men to meet at his church. Males who are interested in fighting the abuse in our location are more than welcome to join the forum.
The theme of the march was ‘Not in Our Name’