Sipho Mabena
Premium Journalist
2 minute read
6 Jul 2020
5:00 am

‘Not every fight is GBV’

Sipho Mabena

Man arrested for assaulting wife was allegedly attacked by the woman and her friends.

Tens of thousands protest outside parliament against gender-based violence following a week of brutal murders of young South African women in Cape Town, South Africa, 05 September 2019. The protestors demanded the South African government clamp down on gender-based violence. Picture: EPA-EFE / NIC BOTHMA

Activists have warned about the dangers of branding every altercation as gender-based violence as it emerged that the woman caught on a video being attacked by a teacher, the father of her child, brought her sister and friends to attack him in his house. In the video, Thomas Jabu Manana, a maths teacher and choir conductor at Silamba Secondary School in KwaMhlanga, Mpumalanga, can be seen attacking a woman lying on the ground with a wooden pole as she tried to block the blows with her hands. The teacher, who has since been released on bail, is then seen kicking...