PMB duo tell young men: ‘Real men protect women’

2017-06-07 06:01
PHOTO: nokuthula khanyileOrganisers of the men’s dialogue, Lwazi Nsele (left) and Skhumbuzo Dlamini.

PHOTO: nokuthula khanyileOrganisers of the men’s dialogue, Lwazi Nsele (left) and Skhumbuzo Dlamini.

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TWO Pietermaritzburg businessmen have started an initiative to fight the rising tide of violence against women.

With reports of murder and rape of girls and young women that have dominated the headlines in recent weeks across the country, Lwazi Nsele, director of Black Rock Management, also chairperson of Msunduzi Pietermaritzburg Tourism Association (MPTA) and Skhumbuzo “Skhebhe” Dlamini of Sikhebhe-Kamhloli Trading and Projects are set to regenerate the moral compass of society and revive the spirit of Ubuntu.

The duo have organised a dialogue to discourse around issues such as child protection, gender violence and drug abuse. The dialogue will be held on June 13 at the KwaZulu-Natal Musuem. Nsele said they have decided to take a stand against gender-based violence.

“Moral regeneration is urgently required for our nation. Through this initiative we want to say enough is enough, we want to send a clear message that as men we are against the abuse and killing of women. We are saying the people who are inflicting this pain on women are not real men; they are cowards, real men protect.

“Family values have also been eroded and as leaders in our respective fields and in the community we want to denounce these barbaric acts by engaging with our fellow men and try to come up with solutions to some of these problems,” said Nsele.

Nsele said the reports on the killings of women have been very alarming.

“We are confronted with escalating immorality and decay in society as a whole and we think it’s time we sit down as men and decide how we can come up with solutions to put an end to this.”

Dlamini said the main issue was that young men grow up without role models in their communities.

“We want to look at some of the contributing factors to this moral decay.

“We can’t say we’ll have an impact on everyone’s behavioural patterns, but we want to speak to the younger generation and try to show them direction so they can grow up to be caring men.

“Through this initiative we are going to mobilise and lobby other groups and government departments to come on board, but the fight must begin in our communities first.”

The men’s dialogue will include an edutainment item by the Umphithi theatre group.

For more information, contact Nsele on 076 043 8169 or Dlamini on 078 287 3763.

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