Stars must take a stand

Kick Off - - From The Editor -

With De­cem­ber hav­ing marked 16 days of ac­tivism against women and chil­dren abuse, South African celebri­ties need to lead by an ex­am­ple and in­spire the masses. News of a Mamelodi Sun­downs mid­fielder who re­port­edly as­saulted his wife in a rage of fury sends a neg­a­tive im­age to the pub­lic. Pub­lic fig­ures need to take a stand and be ex­em­plary in com­bat­ing abuse, es­pe­cially gen­der-based vi­o­lence. Our chil­dren look to them for in­spi­ra­tion and our “celebri­ties” must get their acts in or­der. I be­lieve our foot­ballers need to be taught life skills at an early age in or­der for them to be re­spon­si­ble cit­i­zens. This in­cludes money-sav­ing tips, re­spect­ing the op­po­site sex and the im­por­tance of ed­u­ca­tion. This can then set a pos­i­tive im­age in South African foot­ball. Nyaniso Fu­nani, Bhozwana Vil­lage

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