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Premier Mathabatha urges women to take advantage of laws protecting them

Emmaculate Cindi

Few days after the province has launched women’s month, Premier Chupu Stanley Mathabatha addressed hundreds of people who came to Barcelona sports ground in the Mogalakwena Municipality outside Polokwane to commemorate Women’s day.

Although the commemoration has taken a different tune of what the 1956 women fought for, the oppression is still much evident in 2017 with the high rate of women being physically abused and killed by their partners.

The recent terrifying and unacceptable killings of Karabo Mokoena by her alleged boyfriend Sandile Mantsoe in May, the brutal killing of Eskom employee by her accused co-worker Eskom employee in June and the death of the Northcliff family that was murdered and burned is one of the few cases which aggrieved South African women and the nation.

Abused women are left with permanent scars that they have to carry throughout their lives, and continue to put a brave face to the society because some of them feel powerless and feel they have nowhere to go but back to their perpetrators because they depend on them financially.

“One of the best defences we can provide for women is to ensure their socio-economic liberation, it is the duty of government to ensure that we break the historic barriers which have denied women opportunities to provide for themselves and their families” said premier Mathabatha

Premier Mathabatha came out strong on the false narrative that women are incapable and said that the days of a woman’s place being limited to the kitchen are over, and that they should be allowed to exercise choices such as participating in politics, getting education and living in societies free from violence and discrimination.

The premier continued to edge women to take advantage of the laws and policies that government has put in place for their own upliftment and protection which are aimed at advancing their rights and interests.

This year’s celebration was held under the theme of “the year of OR Tambo: women united in moving South Africa forward”.

“Our government will not rest until all women are able to enjoy a full and equal share in economic, social, cultural and political decision making” concluded Mathabatha