Sunday World (South Africa)

GBV question abused by government


I do understand that in our country there is a problem of men acting violently towards women, and this is more prevalent among black and coloured people.

But GBV is not a pandemic, and we must call out this political propaganda and narrative, whose only aim is to sweeten the rotten image of the government.

The mere fact that we isolate GBV from general violence and then underplay the high rates of violence amongst men needs legal action. I think it is time the politician­s are taken to task.

The origins of GBV today can be directly linked to political scientism and the present social conditions and most importantl­y, the nature of violence in our societies.

And on this note, GBV is not a creation of men alone, but of women as well.

By this, I do not mean that the female victims of actual GBV at the hands of men are to blame. What I am saying is that from the nature of how violent our society is, one aspect of this violence is domestic and affects mainly women but the role of women can be identified in nurturing this behaviour in boys and formulatin­g it in men.

The government must be taken to court over this propaganda together with the justice system and minister as they aim to use one aspect of a problem for political and selfish purposes.

For GBV, as an aspect of general violence, to be successful­ly tackled, the national identity of the country must be aligned with the foundation­al ideologies of religion, tradition, and culture in our diverse societies, as well as the economic uplifting of black men and women.

Khotso KD Moleko Mangaung

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