Actress Nokuthula Mavuso, who is popularly known for her portrayal of Tshidi in eTV’s Rhythm City has revealed her reasons for quitting the church she was raised in.
The actress pointed out the injustices that women and young girls were subjected to. She also adds the fact that women were seen but little to no voice.
She says the day a group of teen girls were sent because they were wearing skirts that were above their knees was the last straw. Even though her mother tried to persuade her to come back to church, she was done with it.
“Konje I quit the family church AFM after an elder sent a whole lot of teenage girls home for wearing short skirts. "Ba di gcebhezana ga ba boele morao."Why? Ra disturb-a. The men had complained. Anything above the knee was unacceptable. Mom tried but I wasn't having it [sic],” she posted on Twitter.
She says this kind of treatment that was reserved only for females was confusing to her because she was raised by a woman who preached equality.
“I had issues there nje. The only time a woman would be on the pulpit was on Mother's Day. Women were mainly supporters of the ministry. I was raised by a woman who drummed equality into my head. 'Does God not appreciate women preaching the word?' I had questions [sic],” she explained.
However, it was not all doom and gloom for the former Abomama Bomthandazo actress as she really enjoyed Sunday school. This is where she found her own little spot to stand and be heard as a young girl.
“I enjoyed Sunday School though. Brother Hendrick made it fun and he encouraged me to sing. He signed me up to "render an item" when I was about 8. I held a mic for the first time. I heard my voice. I liked it.”