Attacks to Kelly Khumalo Threaten Female Success

2014-11-02 05:11

Senzo Meyiwa is dead and buried. I shed my tears like any other Orlando Pirates fan and had to come to terms will the unfortunate loss. In as much as that may be, one cannot ignore the sudden rise of qualified public prosecutors of morals and the Popes of cultural principles who did not miss any opportunity to ride over stories that remain untested of factuality to satisfy their narrow populist and patriarchal ambitions.

The centre of the matter suddenly became the forensic audit of Kelly Khumalo and her personal life instead of the actual crime committed. A female in the crime was seen as the cause rather than a survivor and a victim. A single mother who has lost a father of her child became a defenseless punch bag of social media blows from males and females of this society. The media houses also did not miss the opportunity to maximize profits from sensationalism and drama – behaving as propaganda pamphlets masquerading as newspapers. A typical example of liberal lazy intellectuals who forever analyse appearances instead of causes. Their patriarchal offensive must be exposed.

Kelly Khumalo is a successful young black female in a democratic South Africa. She is a single mother of two kids. She makes her living through art. She is a qualified, tried and tested international songwriter, dancer and actress. She is an award winning international singer and actress. To mention a few of her awards, she won the Best Newcomer in 2005 and Best Female Artist in 2013. She is not a typical unemployed 29-year-old female seating at home with a chronic disease, drinking social grant money. She is a beautiful, successful and independent young woman who happens to attract successful men. No amount of stones cast against her must be allowed to prosper for we know they are cast by individuals who will never reach her level of success even in their wildest dreams.

What this crime has exposed is the deep seated hatred towards female success. You dare become a successful female in South Africa, the scavengers shall sit and wait to sensationalize your downfalls but ignore your successes. Bad news will spread quicker than good news about you. These scavengers have absolutely no regard to the fact that Kelly Khumalo is a victim of the crime that happened in front of her in her home and the home of her children. She needs all the necessary support to assist us in bringing the perpetrators who killed Senzo to book.

Insults and attacks to Kelly Khumalo must offend us as democrats who fight daily against gender discrimination and gender based violence. This abuse cannot be tolerated and it must be dismissed with the discontent that it deserves. We cannot claim that South Africa is free for as long as its women are subject to crimes of violence, abuse, discrimination and exploitation.

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