Rachel Kolisi, Kay Sibiya and other South African parents speak out against gender-based violence

PHOTO: JE'NINE MAY www.news.uct.ac.za
PHOTO: JE'NINE MAY www.news.uct.ac.za

“What is happening? Our families are nurturing murderers and rapists, it is in our families. What is it which has gone so wrong?” These rhetorical but necessary questions were posed by Graca Machel while addressing a crowd of students at the University of Cape Town during a memorial service for slain student Uyinene Mrwetyana.

Social media is flooded with comments on the series of violent murders of women and children in our country. 

Hashtags like #NoToWomenAbuse #AmINext and #EnoughisEnough skyrocketed after South Africa learned of the murder of the student which quickly followed by news of a series of violent murders of women and children.

Must read: How #MeToo and #AmInext will impact parenting in 2019

Read in the series of Instagram posts below how parents expressed their anger, fear and disbelief:

Loren of Life of Loren & Lottie

Kwanele of Xhosa Mom Unplugged

Lana of Pretty Brave Mom Blog

Thando of Modern Zulu Mom blog

Also read: IN PICTURES: South African women and children have had enough

Tamryn-Ann of Confessions of a Guilty Mom blog

Jules of Heart Mama blog

Laura of Harassed Mom blog

Also read: Rachel Kolisi celebrates her son’s birthday with a powerful message on raising men in SA

Other parents said:

Parents from all walks of life shared via Instagram in solidarity with the movements and protests happening across the country.




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I’ve been pretty quiet on here about the current situation in South Africa, mainly because I just feel numb. I feel angry. I feel vulnerable. I feel like a target. I feel unsafe. I feel sick. I wasn’t going to say anything because I couldn’t sufficiently put into words quite how shook I was. I didn’t feel I could do it any justice. I still don’t. Then today, one of my grade 8 pupils, came up to me with a letter she had written to South Africans. Both the #femicide and #xenophobia in South Africa had scared her. Had affected her. Had put her in a place where she felt compelled to write. She is 13. She should not have to be worried about this. Period. ????????? ????????? My heart broke reading it. I looked at her with tears in my eyes and we both just understood. We both understood that our country is in mourning. Adults and children alike. ????????? ????????? I asked her if I could share it today and she agreed (as long as I put her name alongside her words). Here is an excerpt, I’ll share the actual handwritten letter to my stories. ????????? ????????? “Dear South Africans, Our nation is getting ruined. It is so sad to see mothers and daughters being killed or raped every hour. Why do we do this? Have you [asked] yourself what will happen in the future? What if it is your mom or your daughter who they treat like this? Come on, we can do this. We can save the nation. Fathers, where are you? Do you see what is happening? Stand up for the mothers. “ ????????? Written by Amahle Thwala (13)

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South African celebrity parents were not mum as they shared their support on Instagram. Rugby wife Rachel Kolisi celebrated her son's birthday by sharing her take on raising men in South Africa.

Rachel Kolisi

Listen to what Kay Sibiya who had just welcomed his first child with girlfriend Judie Kama had to say about the violence in the video below:

Kay Sibiya

Listen to Graca Machel's whole speech below:

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