Jansen tells College boys how to be a different kind of man

2013-02-23 00:00

THE most dangerous thing to be in South Africa right now is to be a woman, Professor Jonathan Jansen told guests at Maritzburg College’s 150th celebration yesterday.

The vice chancellor and rector of the University of Free State said: “A woman cannot walk to the shop and not wonder what’s going to come out of the bush.”

He spoke from the heart as he addressed the issues of women abuse and how boys were socialised.

He said there was a crisis of men behaving badly in the country, and made reference to 17-year-old Anene Booysen who was recently gang-raped, mutilated and left for dead in Bredasdorp in the Western Cape.

“In South Africa it’s not good enough for men to rape. You must also disempower, you have to cut open the stomach and pull out the intestines, and lay it out on the streets. You must torture, strangle and that’s what happened to Anene Booysen.”

He said one of the problems was that people looked at the crisis once it hit them, but no one looked at the bad behaviour on daily basis.

He said there was “stuff” that society had accepted as normative and, therefore, as culture.

He said he taught his 25-year-old son from the day he was born how to be human and a different kind of man.

He added that his son, who was now engaged, went through enormous pressure from his friends because he would not have sex with his fiancée.

He said some parents even called their children by names like “Beast” or “Tough John”.

“When last did you say to your son, ‘I’m sorry’?” he asked.

Jansen’s said his father had never raised his voice to his mother and the impact it had on him had been immense.

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