11 December 2012

Swaziland: Misogynist 'Times' Writer Under Attack

The Times Sunday newspaper columnist who wrote that battered women only had themselves to blame when they were attacked has been criticised by a leading Swaziland human rights organisation.

Qalakaliboli Dlamini had written this week (9 December 2012) that women abuse men more than the other way around.

Dlamini had also written that the serial killer David Simelane, recently sentenced to hang for the murder of 32 women, might have been driven to the crimes because he was once falsely accused of rape by a woman.

Dlamini was the centre of attention at a commemoration of International Human Rights Day held in Swaziland yesterday (10 December 2012). His was criticised by Coordinating Assembly for Non-Governmental Organisations (CANGO) Director Emmanuel Ndlangamandla who said Dlamini's comments were 'unacceptable'.

Ndlangamandla told the meeting in the Swazi capital Mbabane, 'To say that women are the worst abusers is unacceptable. We are calling this Qalakaliboli to order. Gender Based Violence is common in the country. Each day, we read newspaper headlines with shock.

'Today we read with shock about men who had sex with a nine-year old. This could be your child or it could be mine, Ndlangamandla said.

Dlamini refused to comment to newspaper reporters about the criticism, saying he wanted to receive a formal statement from CANGO before he did so.

Martin Dlamini, managing editor of the Times of Swaziland group that published Qalakaliboli Dlamini's article, told the meeting the newspapers supported gender equality.

He did not say whether action would be taken against Qalakaliboli Dlamini.

In May 2012 Qalakaliboli Dlamini was suspended by his newspaper after he wrote in his column that he hated homosexuals and he was proudly homophobic.

Director of Swaziland Action Group Against Abuse (SWAGAA) Cebile Manzini told the meeting that misogyny - the hatred of women - was the main perpetrator of gender based violence.

She said, 'Some men express fear, disgust and hatred of women, often in the way of undermining the human rights violations of women and claiming that women are making much ado about nothing.'

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