OPINION: Set an example with Mduduzi Manana to fight gender based violence

On 9 August, South Africans celebrate Women's Day.

"This day commemorates the 1956 march of approximately 20 000 women to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to petition against the country's pass laws that required South Africans defined as "black" under The Population Registration Act to carry an internal passport, known as a pass, that served to maintain population segregation, control urbanisation, and manage migrant labour during the apartheid era."

702 Breakfast Show host Xolani Gwala says in 2017, 9 August looks at not only the achievements but also challenges women in South Africa face.

One of the biggest challenges, particularly this year, has been the issue of femicide.

Xolani Gwala, 702 Breakfast Show anchor

The problem in this country is that we have these intense discussions about one issue and then when something else comes up we all forget about it and move on to something else instead of staying on the issue.

Xolani Gwala, 702 Breakfast Show anchor

I'm just wondering, if the same level of commitment is exists at the highest level of governance in this country asks Gwala.

Towards the end of June, at an Anti-femicide Imbizo in Soweto, Minister of of Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa issued horrific stats which found that South Africa's femicide rates are fives times more than the global rate.

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Here is the Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Mduduzi Manana who is accused of assault and who has not yet been arrested.

Xolani Gwala, 702 Breakfast Show anchor

If this government was committed to dealing with the stats they are telling us about at the very least they should be using their own deputy minister as an example adds Gwala.

Take a listen to Xolani Gwala's comment here:

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