Gender violence in the Spotlight

Listeners open up about the recent spate of brutal attacks on women

Listeners shared stories and voice their concern over the daily plight of violence against women and children as several cases came to light in less than a week.

A 22-year-old pregnant woman was brutally gang-raped in Johannesburg, while three Soweto women, Lerato Tambai Moloi, Popi Gumede and Bongeka Phungela, were murdered after apparently being raped.

On Tuesday a woman called into 702's Afternoon Drive to relay how she was beaten by taxi drivers in Johannesburg and left to resolve the matter herself, after reporting the case to police.

READ: Pregnant woman recounts taxi attack and lax police action

ALSO READ: Khayelitsha forum calls for urgent intervention after child murders

Eusebius McKaiser opened up the lines for a conversation on how South African's can begin to move forward and work beyond their social media activism.

It is really time for us men, and specifically us black men....to get together and discuss how we are going to move forward and stop being offended until we feel that we have done enough.

Barney, caller

I think it starts with the way we talk about ladies and girls when they are not in our midst... I am angered. We cannot tolerate this anymore.

Shafiek, caller

Rape survivor Paula says it is difficult to understand the root of violence if we refuse to recognise the humanity in those who commit these crimes.

I understand this hashtag of men are trash, most of the time I agree but I don't think we will ever get to the bottom of trying to fix our societal problems of violence and the war against women and children if we don't recognise the humanity in the perpetrators of the violence, we need to get to the clinical solution.....

Paula, caller

Click on the link below to listen to the conversation...

A march for men has been planned by a group of activists in Johannesburg under the banner 'Not in my name' amid separate calls for women to wear red or black on Friday to raise awareness on the matter.


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