Thami Kwazi
Lifestyle Print Editor
4 minute read
18 Jun 2020
5:15 am

‘We are nobodies who must beg not to be killed’

Thami Kwazi

Until women are justly perceived as equals, men will continue to kill us – and get away with it ...

#Justice For TshegoPule awareness campaign members outside Roodepoort police station in Johannesburg, June 2020, after the body of Tshegofatso Pule, eight months pregnant, was found hanging from a tree in an open veld in Durban Deep, Roodepoort. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

Let’s have an honest conversation … The life of a woman – specifically a black woman in South Africa – is complicated. To all intents and purposes we are equal to men – but every day that we permitted by men to live, governed by systemic and cultural patriarchy, is a reminder that we are nobodies who must beg not to be killed. The conversation that African men refuse to entertain is around gender-based violence (GBV) statistics in SA. They’d rather have a drink than discuss why they think it’s okay to use a woman as a punching bag. Are...