South Africa: Gender Violence Is Not a Private Issue


Pulling a veil of secrecy over violence in the home is exactly what entrenches this violence.

On Thursday 28 November, Given Mkhari was scheduled to have his yearly Power FM Chairman's Conversation event. The guest of honour this year was President Cyril Ramaphosa and they were billed to discuss the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children.

However. It was not to be. The discussion took a dramatic turn when the president cancelled his participation at the eleventh hour because of civil rights NGOs Soul City and Wise4Afrika questioning why he was willing to sit down with Mkhari for this discussion in light of allegations of domestic violence against Mkhari. Notably, in 2018, Ipeleng Mkhari had laid a charge of assault against her husband. Her husband countered by laying his own charge of assault against her. Both charges were subsequently withdrawn.

eNCA senior anchor Thulasizwe Simelane held an interview with the couple on the evening of the Chairman's Conversation, following the cancellation to hear their thoughts on Ramaphosa's decision to not participate in the event.

A visibly rattled Given Mkhari tried to maintain a diplomatic and collegial disposition, but his choice of words and body language...

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