'Good men must join in the fight against GBV' - Mokgoba Men's Forum serious about fighting violence

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George Sukazi from Mokgoba Men’s Forum (MMF)
George Sukazi from Mokgoba Men’s Forum (MMF)

Every day there are reports of women and children being assaulted, raped or killed. And it's mostly by someone they know. 

Members of the LGBTQIA+ community sometimes live in fear as they are targeted while elderly women are often attacked in their homes. 

South Africa marks 16 Days of Activism every year, where a spotlight shines on these crimes. But every day, before, during and after the 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence, the cycle of violence continues.

This is what the Mokgoba Men's Forum (MMF) wants to break. 

George Sukazi's family knows firsthand how devastating GBV is. He's the leader of the forum.

George is a family friend and an uncle to the deceased cop Constable Prudence Masuku, who was gunned to death while she was seven months pregnant.

Her husband, Veli Masuku, also a cop, was recently denied bail and will spend the holidays behind bars. His co-accused Xolani Dlamini is also accused of being the alleged hitman.

George says the case is closer to home because he has watched Prudence growing to be a woman that always wanted to get the bad guys.

“I’ve known Prudence since she was a kid. I am a family friend I am like an uncle to her and her sibling since we moved to Etwatwa.”

The men's forum meets to talk about combating the increasing rate of women and children being killed in the country.

“An alarming increase was recorded for murder, attempted murder, and assault GBH against women between July and September 2022. More than 13,000 women were the targets of assaults to cause serious bodily harm. 989 women were murdered, and 1 277 attempted murders occurred during this reporting period.”

He says the rate at which women in South Africa are abused, violated, and sometimes killed remains alarmingly high. Many of these women are murdered by people they know and care about a lot.

“We are tired of hearing that a man killed and raped so we decided it is enough. We are tired as men of being mentioned among men who are comfortable doing such brutal acts, so we want to say that not all men are bad. We are not dismissing that there are bad men who deserve to rot in jail, we want the good ones to join and stand with women because the number is concerning.”

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George says as a forum, they follow cases of violence against women, children, people with disabilities, elderly women, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, and sex workers and they believe government needs to do better to curb the violence.

“The men and the government of this country should meet each other halfway to stop all the killing of women and children.

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“We want men to start acting like men and know their responsibilities in society. Etwatwa has not been a safe place for women for a long time now, even the guy who is about to be convicted for raping over 90 women did all the raping at Etwatwa.”

George says they are calling on government to check the source of these violent acts and how they can end them.

“At the moment MMF is planning to go to different prisons and talk to men who have done this and the ones who are in jail because they were falsely accused. In January we will start at Leeuwkop prison, and they must tell us their problem and what happened for them to end up murdering and raping women and children.”

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