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.”
We'd like to hear your thoughts on this statement made by the minister of women, Susan Shabangu. pic.twitter.com/gn7YQ5WQGb— Checkpoint_eNCA (@Checkpoint_eNCA) May 23, 2017
Some social media users have described her statement as both irresponsible and patriarchal.
This is why women in SA are in danger,because patriachy matrons like Susan Shabangu are in charge.Disgrace of a woman #checkpoint— Mimi (@BlaqHijabi) May 24, 2017
Yho! minister. So Karabo was weak!?? She is the one with the problem?!? Ke rubbish ya ko kae eo? #Checkpoint— Azania (@Azania_) May 23, 2017
Others believe however, Shabangu's comments may have been misinterpreted.
#Checkpoint sometimes we should just stick to our mother tongues to express ourselves.I'm still trying to comprehend what Susan was saying.— Babes wa makhekhe (@Connie_Setladi) May 23, 2017
Let's give Susan Shabangu benefit of doubt. Poorly expressed,shes's highlighting how women appear to be ok when they're not. #CheckPoint— Sebenzile Nkambule (@SebeNkambule) May 24, 2017
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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