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‘Educating boy child key to dealing with abuse, inequality’

MEC Nandi Mayathula-Khoza says there needs to be partnerships from organisastions led by men- to fight the scourge of women abuse.

FILE: Gauteng Social Development MEC Nandi Mayathula-Khoza. Picture: YouTube screengrab.

JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng Social Development MEC Nandi Mayathula-Khoza says the belief by some that men hold power and women should be excluded must be changed.

She believes that would help in dealing with the scourge of gender-based violence.

The department has teamed up with the uncle of Soweto femicide victim Karabo Mokoena, whose remains were found burnt beyond recognition in a veld in Bramley in May.

Tshepo Mokoena led a women’s month celebration event at Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton.

Mayathula-Khoza says there needs to be partnerships from organisastions led by men to fight the scourge of women abuse.

She says educating the boy child would be key to changing the masculinity thought among them and deal with inequality.

“Let us deinstitutionalise patriarchy in society so that we can indeed combat violence on women and children.”

Mayathula-Khoza has also reacted to the resignation of Higher Education Deputy Minister Mduduzi Manana, who had confessed to assaulting two women recently.

She says this is a victory for the fight against abuse.

“It was the best decision he’s taken but I still feel that justice must take its course.”

Minister in the Presidency for Women Susan Shabangu was also in attendance.