KZN Social Development MEC Nonhlanhla Khoza is calling for the arrest of a man who allegedly beat up a woman in Umlazi, Durban.
This comes after disturbing images of the badly bruised woman circulated on social media.
Speaking of the abuse, Amanda “Jackie” Mcobothi, who is originally from the South Coast, said she wants to get psychological help as she is not okay.
“I have had difficulties with hiding the bruises from my family and friends, I had to wear clothes that cover the scars and sunglasses even when it was not sunny outside. The most difficult part was when I had to lie and say I fell,” she said.
Mcobothi claimed that the man abused her physically, emotionally and financially. “He would lay hands on me even after providing for him financially. He would turn into a person I never knew and of course apologise the next day, and I would forgive him after everything he has done,” she said.
The 21-year-old told The Witness that officials from the KZN Department of Social Development asked to meet with her on Tuesday.
In a statement, MEC Khoza said she assembled a team of social workers who will ensure that they administer psychosocial support to Mcobothi and follow all procedures to register a case of abuse with the police.
Khoza said women should never take an apology after being beaten.
She encouraged victims not to be ashamed of speaking about their experiences so that they can get help.
“At the Department of Social Development we have professionals who are trained to deal with such issues. We are not going to fold our arms, but we will deal with abusers in all corners of our province. Gender-based violence is a societal problem that needs all of us,” The MEC said.
Khoza then urged men across KZN to tap into their consciences and treat all women with the same level of respect they give to their mothers and sisters.
Currently, thousands of women are rallying behind Mcobothi on social media by calling for the arrest of the accused man.