The Democratic Alliance’s Nomafrench Mbombo has called on the “good men” around us to join the fight against gender-based violence.
Mbombo, made the remarks while visiting the Bheki Mlangeni District Hospital, in Jabulani, Soweto.
The hospital is currently involved in a serious controversy involving the practice of sex-for-jobs.
“At the hospital behind us at least 100 courageous women came forward to state that they were forced to engage in a ‘carpet interview’ and pay in order to gain access to jobs at the hospital. The women who refused to be party to this illegal and corrupt act were dismissed,” she said.
She called on South Africans to not “run away from the fact that men are the ones actively committing these acts”.
“Therefore, the good men around us have a critical role to play in the fight against gender-based violence,” she urged.
She called on men to stand together, to call out unacceptable crude comments about women, intervene where they see a woman being harassed.
“The fight for women’s rights is a fight for human rights, as encapsulated in our glorious Constitution. Teach your sons from an early age the right way to treat a woman. You can end the cycle,” she urged.
“We need to stand together in keeping women safe, in both public and private space; whether in the workspace on our streets,” she said.