Abuse: Men make voices heard

2015-07-02 06:00
Siyabulela Pheme, Tebuho Snaymess, Siphuxolo Camalata, Simo Sithandathu, Ntuthuzelo Pungulwa, Loyiso Ndamase, Masixole Raniso and Muna Letabata, the owner of the tavern, during The Men’s Imbizo Programme, on Thursday, in Khayelitsha.

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Siyabulela Pheme, Tebuho Snaymess, Siphuxolo Camalata, Simo Sithandathu, Ntuthuzelo Pungulwa, Loyiso Ndamase, Masixole Raniso and Muna Letabata, the owner of the tavern, during The Men’s Imbizo Programme, on Thursday, in Khayelitsha. PHOTO: Mbon

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The mission of raising awareness against the scourge of both men and women abuse has taken on a completely different form in Khayelitsha.

The venue was an entertainment sport where a group of males used the platform to find ways to curb bad behaviour on Thursday.

The Men’s Imbizo Programme was organised by Samila Gender Counselling at Magasela Tavern in L Section.

Ntuthuzelo Pungulwa, of Samila Gender Counselling, said they targeted the tavern because that is where males “relieve their stress” most of the time and some come for playing pool.

Pungulwa said their aim was to give a platform to males, mostly those who find themselves on the receiving end for domestic abuse, to come and share their experiences and also to take part in finding solutions to prevent the abuses.

The programme consists of two categories which are the youth programme for 18 to 24 years old and the ones for elders from 25 years and above.

“We involved the youth, because some grow up in an environment whereby their fathers abuse their mothers. That makes them grow up thinking there is nothing wrong with assaulting a woman. They start by physically abusing their girlfriends and grow with that habit. We want men to understand that abuse is not right. We now are targeting taverns because that is where males, mostly, come to relieve stress,” Pungulwa said.

They also work in partnership with police officials in their programmes.

The programme was started in 2006. Loyiso Ndamase, assistance in youth programme for the Men’s Imbizo Programme, said males are abused in different ways by their wives or girlfriends, such using his money to buy things without their consent.

Children always get badly affected when they grow up in an abusive environment.

Some men resort to going to a tavern just to get away from the abuse they endure at their homes. We want them to speak out about their experiences. We also refer them to social workers for counselling,” Ndamase said.

They see over 40 males, some with their partners, who come for counselling at their office at Z 95 Maxhama Street.

Mzwandile Lugogo, 33, of Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), applauded the programme and said it makes a big difference in the lives of residents. “The programme plays a very big role in the betterment of the society. It makes families to live in harmony,” Lugogo said.

Angumzi Magxwalisa,49, a father of four children, also highly praised the programme. According to him, he was forced to live with his children after his wife of 18 years moved in with another man two years ago. “I have learnt a lot since I started attending the programmes few months ago. I am gaining information which is helping us to live in a good relationship with my children. I am happy to be part of the programme.” The programmes are continuing throughout the year

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