Marizka Coetzer
Journalist
2 minute read
12 Aug 2021
4:50 am

Ramaphosa’s Women’s Day speech ‘a slap in the face’, say fathers’ rights activists

Marizka Coetzer

Castro Musinyali, chair of We are Fathers We are Parents forum, said Ramaphosa's address muted the truth.

From left, Sicelo Mbonani, Solomon Mondlane and Greamme Dewar can be seen outside the Department of Social Development building protesting for more inclusive rights for fathers, 10 February 2020, Pretoria. Picture: Jacques Nelles

Fathers' rights organisations and activists are angered by President Cyril Ramaphosa’s speech on Women’s Day, calling it a slap in the face for men fighting to see their children. On Monday, Ramaphosa said in his address that the coronavirus pandemic had been harsh on women and children. “When the growth in the economy stalls and developments are halted and the economy loses jobs, it’s the women who bear the brunt disproportionally,” he said. However, Fathers 4 Justice founder Gary da Silva said he felt the president “was blaming us [all] for the violence and the abuse and neglect that 10%...