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Mathabatha encouraged women to be united

By: Andzani Hlongwane

On the 09th of August 2019 the Limpopo Provincial Government hosted the annual Women’s day celebration that was held at Makhuvha Stadium outside the town of Thohoyandou under the theme 25 years of Democracy growing South Africa together for women’s Emancipation.


The event was officiated by the Premier of the Province Stanley Chupu Mathabatha accompanied by his EXCO Members as well as the Executive Mayor of the Vhembe District Municipality, the Mayor of Thulamela Local Municipality and other dignitaries.

In his address Premier Stanley Chupu Matabatha said we should celebrate and must be happy today on this day as we are here in Vhembe for a noble cause in celebration of this important day in our revolutionary calendar.

“We have pinned our Women folk in all sectors that we cannot begin to count, for example an athlete like Mokgadi Caster Semeneya who ran the fastest 800 meters than any woman has ran in the United States coming all the way from the Village of Moletji he said”. Said Mathabatha

Sho Majozi a young lady from the Village of Shirley in the Vhembe District in the recent BET Awards for her music having had won the Best New International Act category he said.

Mathabatha wasted no time in encouraging women to take up key positions, saying, Government stands for equality between women and men, it has set the example by deploying more women as Councillors, Mayors, (MEC’s) Members of the Executive Council and MPL’s, urging private companies, listed companies like the banking industry and the mining sector should also join government and place women as COO’s and CEO’s.

It is regrettable that women are still denied their inherent right of movement because of violence and abuses, this sodomy against women of this nation has reached unacceptable and mournmental proportions from the very same people that have vowed that they will love, cherish and protect them Mathabatha said.

He stressed the state at which women and young women alike are being physically abused, raped and that the violence that is being perpetuated against them has become a serious problem that undermines the Constitutional rights of Women and children. Robbing them of their bodily integrity, dignity and the right of free movement.

He lashed out at men that do not take care of their children, and said failing to do so is inhuman and that they cannot be allowed to live in comfort and luxury at the expense of them having had left their children without proper food, clothing and school fees.

Mathabatha continued to lobby for the protection of women saying they want to see law enforcement Agencies pounce on the culprits and the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development in advocating tougher jail time terms through legislation for those that are sentenced to any form of violence against women and children.

He encouraged women to remain united because unity is the power that helped the women of 1956 to defeat the confrontation of the then hostile and brutal regime.