Human rights lawyer: Ian Khama unlikely to apologise for misogynistic remarks

The international community has come out strongly against Botswana President, Ian Khama following what is being termed sexist remarks at a Southern African Development Community (SADC) gathering.

Khama pointed out that the only reason South Africa's Deputy president, Cyril Ramaphosa would be in attendance was because of the ritual Reed Dance which sees scores of topless women perform a traditional dance.

Khama went on to say he asked South African President, Jacob Zuma if the Zulus had a similar practise to which Zuma replied yes. Khama then said it was no surprise that Zuma had never invited him to such an event, leading to roars of laughter form the audience.

But the comments have been slammed as sexist, misogynistic and promoting the patriarchal culture.

Human Rights lawyer, Uyapo Ndadi from Gaborone in Botswana says Khama shouldn't have made such remarks and finds it surprising that delegates at the gathering found these amusing.

In my mind there is nothing joyful about the statement.

Uyapo Ndadi, Human Rights lawyer

Ndadi adds that the remarks by Khama highlight the many instances where women are perceived as objects to gratify men. According to Ndadi, Khama is yet to apologise nor provide an explanation for his offensive utterances.

It's unlike him to give any apology or explanation.

Uyapo Ndadi, Human Rights lawyer

We should be showing women that they are as equal as men and that they are not objects for men.

Uyapo Ndadi, Human Rights lawyer

Ndadi goes on to say that he is engaging the media and various other stakeholders in attempt to get the president of Botswana to apologise.

Listen to the report in the clip below:


702 welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the 702 community a safe and welcoming space for all.

702 reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

702 is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
‘I’m the only remaining, original member of Khumbul'ekhaya' - Andile Gaelesiwe

‘I’m the only remaining, original member of Khumbul'ekhaya' - Andile Gaelesiwe

Presenter of the popular SABC 1 docu-reality series Khumbul'ekhaya, joins Aubrey in studio to talk about the show & her new album.

'I feel incredibly blessed’ says new OPW Presenter Kayise Ngqula

'I feel incredibly blessed’ says new OPW Presenter Kayise Ngqula

#WeekendBreakfast host Aubrey Masango chats to the winner of the #OPWPresenterSearch, Kayise Ngqula

Time to catch up on the world of Lead SA

Time to catch up on the world of Lead SA

Lead SA Coordinator Dianne McAlpine chats to Aubrey about a social campaign that's changing the lives of teens in the online space

There's a secret little Kingdom in Birdhaven

There's a secret little Kingdom in Birdhaven

Author of 'Eat-Ting', Anna Trapido took a journey to a majestic place in Joburg called the Arbour Café & Courtyard in Birdhaven.

Laugh out loud with comedic legend Barry Hilton

Laugh out loud with comedic legend Barry Hilton

A big industry, a bigger genre - comedic veteran Barry Hilton opens up about his depression, comedic journey & a life of laughter.

Travel to an ancient, fairytale land in Mpumalanga

Travel to an ancient, fairytale land in Mpumalanga

Writer & photographer Bridget Hilton-Barber chats to Aubrey about a magical upside down place in Mpumalanga called Walkersons.

Popular articles
7 tips on how to keep your child safe in public

7 tips on how to keep your child safe in public

Social worker and Childline manager Faiza Khota shares practical advise on how to help protect children in public spaces.

Soon you may not be able to light up in public (indoors or out!)

Soon you may not be able to light up in public (indoors or out!)

The Dept of Health is looking to introduce draft legislation that includes a complete ban on all smoking in public areas.

'KZN nudist beach would be a draw card for international tourism'

'KZN nudist beach would be a draw card for international tourism'

Chairman of KZN Naturists Association Christo Bothma says having the section of the South Coast beach will boost the economy.

New drug known as 'flakka' hits Durban

New drug known as 'flakka' hits Durban

Sam Pillay, founder and director of Anti-Drug Forum SA says once the drug takes effect, the user appears possessed.

The President's Keepers: PDF version is tantamount to theft - Exclusive Books

The President's Keepers: PDF version is tantamount to theft - Exclusive Books

A PDF version of the book has been doing the rounds since Sars and the State Security Agency threatened legal action.

Falling out of love? Signs and stages of romantic disengagement

Falling out of love? Signs and stages of romantic disengagement

Can you love your partner, but no longer be in love with them? Dr Eve unravels stages of disaffection in romantic relationships.

Celibacy liberated me - Amanda Ndiki

Celibacy liberated me - Amanda Ndiki

Author Amanda Ndiki, celibate for 6 years describes her journey and how celibacy helped mend her sense of self.

'The university degree is dead'

'The university degree is dead'

Flux Trends founder Dion Chang gives five reasons why he believes getting a degree is past its sell by date.