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cations, he too be­came phys­i­cal, which fi­nally forced the cou­ple into coun­selling.

His past sins and de­sire to help sur­vivors of abuse has now led him to the #NoMore cam­paign, a global ini­tia­tive whose lo­cal leg is launch­ing to­day.

Ndlovu is one of 14 South African en­ter­tain­ers who have put their faces to the ini­tia­tive, call­ing for an end to phys­i­cal abuse, do­mes­tic vi­o­lence and sex­ual as­sault.

“We need peo­ple to un­der­stand what they do. We want ev­ery­one to par­tic­i­pate in con­ver­sa­tions around abuse, whether they are sur­vivors or if they have also been the abuser,” he says, ex­plain­ing he has turned to re­li­gion, too, to help stop his vi­o­lent be­hav­iour.

Ndlovu, a new di­rec­tor at anti-abuse or­gan­i­sa­tion Ma­trix Men, who acts in lo­cal soapie, Scan­dal!, has spear­headed the lo­cal cam­paign, re­cruit­ing fel­low ac­tors and artists to take part in start­ing con­ver­sa­tions around the abuse of women, men and chil­dren.

Along­side Ndlovu, Batha­bile Mashigo, Hlomla Dan­dala, Jerry Mo­fo­keng, Kgo­motso Christo­pher, Ma­paseka Koe­tle Nyokong, Mduduzi Luthuli, Sanele Zulu, Sive­nathi Mabuya, Stephanie Sandows and Trudy Luthuli have joined the cause.

Ma­trix Men hopes the cam­paign will pro­vide a fo­rum for peo­ple to speak out about their own sto­ries of abuse so each in­di­vid­ual can start heal­ing.

“Our main goal is to show that males and fe­males can be vic­tims, and to en­cour­age the vic­tims to come out and speak

Hungani Ndlovu

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