Enough is enough

2018-05-29 06:00
PHOTO: nosipho mkhizeWomen should break the silence and report abusive partners.

PHOTO: nosipho mkhizeWomen should break the silence and report abusive partners.

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“The abuser does not start by killing the partner, but it starts with abuse where the victim does not report the abuse. We encourage women to report abuse as soon as it starts to prevent the killings.”

The KZN Health MEC Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo also advised women to speak out and not stay in abusive relationships.

“We grew up in an environment where only boys were sent to school, and not girls. Now women are getting educated, but we see many of them still involved in relationships of bondage. “I urge women to get out of those relationships. Women need to say, ‘God, even if you blessed me with this marriage, I will not stand being abused, because eventually, I will die.’ I am pleading with women to ensure that wherever they go, they must not stand a complicated relationship. They must rather take their children and find another place to stay. A woman who is not educated becomes dependent on an abusive partner, and ends up dying. To women who are educated from nurses to teachers, please get out of such marriages. We can’t have one more person dying because they persevered in a dangerous environment. It’s a painful death that is unimaginable.”

Resident, Nokulunga Mbhele said that violence against women has always been there, and women do not talk about the abuse they get from their partners.

“The situation is getting out of hand, women are being killed, raped, kidnapped and abused every single day. It is really scary.”

Resident Mlungisi Khanyile wants this violence to stop: “I have a teenage daughter and I pray every day for her to have a better life and to not make wrong decisions. Most of the young girls get involved with older men because of the money. I advise girls to not throw themselves onto these men, rather spend your time studying and finding a decent job so you won’t depend on rich men.”

Report abuse against women by contacting the Open Door Crisis Centre at 031 709 2679.

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