Gender violence in the Spotlight

Public slams Shabangu over comments on abuse, others say she was misunderstood

The Minister of Women in the Ministry, Susan Shabangu has received public backlash over comments made during an interview on eNCA's Checkpoint.

Shabangu was responding to questions after Karabo Mokoena's funeral this month.

Mokoena's boyfriend Sandile Mantsoe has been detained after her burnt body was found on April 29 at a rubbish dump in Lyndhurst.

In the insert focused on the 22-year-old's abuse at the hands of Mantsoe, Shabangu says, "While Karabo came across as very strong, internally she was weak; hence she became a victim of women abuse and she tried to deal with her situation in sharing with other abused women; she ended up being a victim of abuse.”

Some social media users have described her statement as both irresponsible and patriarchal.

READ: Violence, masculinity and femicide: a complex web of abuse in SA

Others believe however, Shabangu's comments may have been misinterpreted.

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702/CapeTalk callers weighed in on the matter during Eusebius McKaiser's open line.

We need to be careful to not excuse the behavior to say it is because of this and this. We don't understand the emotional impact and baggage of the person that is in this abusive relationship and the fear....I know she didn't mean it in that sense, she meant she was weak in a sense that she couldn't get out of it but we really have to be careful if we want to deal with abuse.

Palesa, caller

A lot of the reasons why women don't leave is because when they do finally pluck up the courage to confide in people they do not believe you.

Dianne, caller

She doesn't get a free pass. Part of the problem is the language that condones this whole system.

Caller

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