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I was at the po­lice sta­tion to cer­tify some doc­u­ments when I over­heard a woman lay­ing do­mes­tic vi­o­lence charges.

She said, “My boyfriend is beat­ing me up but he hasn’t paid lobola for me.”

She seemed to think it would have been fine for her to be sub­jected to abuse if lobola had been paid.

Does she think she’s an item that can be bought and used or abused? What hap­pened to self-worth?

The kind of men­tal­ity that makes women think it’s okay to be dis­re­spected and treated like trash by their hus­bands needs to be rooted out.

No man has a right to beat a woman, re­gard­less of how much lobola has been paid. NEL­SON KHU­MALO, TEMBISA

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