Chairperson of the Eastern Cape Men’s Sector, Lulama Ntshingwa, says men of South Africa should stay away from drugs to create stable families. Ntshingwa has been speaking at the International Men’s Day celebrations at Fort Beaufort.
Dozens of men are marching around Magaleni location, calling on men to stop the abuse of women and children. Ntshingwa says through the “Not in my Name” campaign, they aim to stop rape, gender-based violence and substance abuse.
Earlier, Western Cape Community Safety MEC Dan Plato said domestic violence was having a devastating impact on South Africa’s youth. He said many young people who witness abuse in the home, get drawn into a cycle of gangsterism and drug abuse.
Plato was speaking at a function held to address gender-based violence in Mossel Bay. He said the importance of a functional family cannot be underestimated. The MEC said young people who watch their fathers beat up their mothers end up looking elsewhere for love and often their heroes turn out to be drug lords and gangsters.
According to Plato, parents need to think about the consequences their actions have on their children. He said if parents are good role-models for their children, South Africa wouldn’t be facing many of the social ills confronting it. Family life will be the focus of his department’s 16 Days of No Violence Against Women and Children Campaign this year.