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Mbalula condemns ‘youth culture allowing young women to live party life’

Mbalula says there's a distorted youth culture in South Africa, which plays a part in gender based violence.

Police Minister Fikile Mbalula. Picture: Cindy Archillies/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Police Minister Fikile Mbalula says there's a distorted youth culture in South Africa, which plays a part in gender based violence.

Mbalula was taking part in a police indaba on gender based violence in Tshwane yesterday, attended by police, academics, entertainers, NGOs and students.

He says the indaba was not another talk shop, but an opportunity for officers from across the country to speak on the matter, and heed his instructions.

The minister says there’s an un-African youth culture that allows young women to live what he calls a care free life filled with partying.

“Care free life, it’s happening at Taboo… we don’t correct those things because we think it’s the way to live and it’s called youth culture, it’s a distorted youth culture.”

Activist and entertainer Sello Maake Ka-Ncube says through his foundation it's young men who receive a certain message.

“When I was young I was never taken through the passage of understanding what being a man, being a human being is all about.”

Mbalula also says police stations that turn victims of gender based violence away must be named and shamed.

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