Women’s Day celebrated

Limpopo Premier, Chupu Stanley Mathabatha commemorated this year’s Women’s Day at Ga Mushi in Mogalakwena Municipality

Limpopo Premier, Chupu Stanley Mathabatha and his MECs, commemorated this year’s Women’s Day at Ga Mushi in Mogalakwena Municipality.
The premier and his wife, Margaret Mathabatha, made a grand entrance to Barcelona Sports Ground, led by the ZCC Brass Band.
Mathabatha’s presentation focused on the emancipation of women which will help them walk away from abusive relationships.
“The levels of violence against women are terrifying and unacceptable. The saddest thing about this violence is that it is perpetuated by the people who are supposed to love and protect them. Statistics show that more often a woman will be assaulted, harassed or killed by someone she knows rather than by a total stranger”, he said.
He said although it was important that the abusers are exposed and isolated, it must be ensured that victims do not commit suicide.
He said women need socio-economic liberation to gain independence that allows them to provide for their own families and not remain dependant on an abuser within a relationship.
“Community based organisations should help women to better their lives. The biggest difference with Africans is that we prefer to work for money until we die instead of using the money to assist us. Our societies have invested billions of Rand with banks that make profits and pay dividends with that money that is saved in banks; whereas its owners wait for the death of one of their own before they lay their hands on the money” he said.
He encouraged women to use part of the money saved in burial societies for investments, business start-ups and further education for their children.
Under the theme “Women United in Moving South Africa Forward” the programme was directed by Health MEC, Dr Phophi Ramathuba, and some of the female leaders in the Province including Mogalakwena Municipality Mayor, Andrina Matsemela and Lephalale’s own Rosina Mokgotlane, as former Mayor of Lephalale and the Waterberg District, as well as Executive Mayor until August 2016. She is currently a member of the Limpopo Legislature.

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