Teach A Women Teach A Nation – EFFSC


As we are still celebrating Women’s Month, Economic Freedom Fighters Student Command (EFFSC) decided to invite their party’s national Member of Parliament, Makoti Sibongile Khawula to address students about Gender Based Violence (GBV).

Before getting to the business of the day, students started by a moment of silence for the late Khensani Maseko and all women who lost their lives through abuse.

Maseko committed suicide in her home in Johannesburg earlier this month after allegedly being raped in May.

First key note speaker, Nokwanda Gamede, Qhakaza Ladies Network Chairperson said the significance of this month is for commemorating women that fought for the country’s liberation.

EFFSC held their celebration under the theme, ‘’Teach A Woman, Teach A Nation’’. Female students shared their saddening true life stories that they face even around campus.

One of the victims of GBV said what is most painful the fact that the culprit is freely roaming around the campus.

She said she could not report the matter because she received death threats from the offender.

“He said he knows me, and he will kill me if I open the case against him,” she said.

According to her, death threats are one of the reasons behind unreported cases of gender related violence.

Khawula, who attended the student’s gathering despite her busy schedule, appreciated the EFFSC for organising a program of this nature.

Khawula shared a story of Queen William’s Town two elderly females that were sexually abused by young males and robbed them off their social grant.

She advised DUT female students to never forget their parents’ teachings when they get to university.

“Your first teacher is your mother”

She was alluding to the fact that some GBV victims are lured by offenders using alcohol.

She also urged rape victims to report cases immediately after the incident.

She promised to keep in touch with victims of gender based violence and assisting them with opening cases against their victims.

By Mndaba Lindelani





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