JOHANNESBURG- Gauteng Social Development MEC Nandi Mayathula-Khoza on Wednesday condemned the killing of a Pretoria woman Sheila Mosidi Kopanye.
Kopanye died on Friday after being stabbed by her ex-boyfriend who refused to accept that their relationship was over.
Mayathula-Khoza said that Kopanye’s killing showed that gender-based violence needed to be addressed in the country.
“This gender-based violence places men as predominant perpetrators. It strengthens the hypothesis that women are at greater risk of being murdered in familiar environments by men known to them. This means we must as a society pay more attention to addressing men and boy children challenges, in the same manner, we are doing about women and girl children,” she said.
Mayathula-Khoza said that men should speak up about issues that were affecting.
“Men don’t talk. They suffer in silence and their outburst result in such tragedies. The Men’s Forum can play an inspirational role. They can motivate, engage, assist and inspire other men to be examples of change in their community and build a society where all people who live in it, are free without fear,” he said.
Kopanye from Mabopane worked as a clerk at the Temba Magistrate’s Court in Hammanskraal.
The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development said that Kopanye’s killing was saddening.
“The suspect in this matter is alleged to be a former intimate partner of Kopanye, who has since handed himself over to the police. The Department tenders its heartfelt condolences to Kopanye’s family during this difficult time,” Justice and Constitutional Development said.