Twitter users have their say on the SONA debate about Gender-Based-Violence (GBV). Accusations of gender-based violence on Tuesday started a heated argument online after allegations were leveled against political leaders in parliament.
Julius Malema accused Ramaphosa of physically abusing his former wife Nomazizi Mtshotshisa, during the debate on President Cyril Ramaphosa’s state of the nation address.
Ramaphosa had earlier on claimed that the allegations were not true, TimesLIVE reported.
ANC MP Boy Mamabolo defended Cyril Ramaphosa and used his comment to blame EFF leader Julius Malema of physically abusing his wife, Mantwa.
After trying to proceed with his accusations, Malema disproved the claims, before exiting parliament with EFF members.
“No, I don’t beat up my wife. But can you answer the question, Mr. President? Ramaphosa has a history of beating up his late wife. I don’t have a history of abusing women, I have a history of love. President Zuma can confirm that Ramaphosa’s wife used to complain to him about Cyril’s behavior”.
“When I spoke here during the Sona debate last year, anyone who has never beaten his wife in the past 25 years must raise his hand and I said I can do that because I have no history of such things,” said Malema.
Malema vowed to sue Mamabolo for R1m because Mamabolo restated the accusations against him out of the parliament.
Social media, including veteran radio personality Redi Tlhabi, shared their perspectives.
Gender Based Violence is not a joke.Using someones pain to fuel your agenda is wrong and uncalled for. Its very shameful to witness our Politicians using it to settle political scores in parliament whereas they should be coming up with progressive laws and solutions to address it
— Edgar Legoale (@EdgarLegoale) February 18, 2020
The use of gender based violence to score cheap political points is a new low for Parliament. How it is going be dealt with will determine the future of democracy in South Africa. @MYANC must do some serious soul searching of the role that factional politics played in this.
— Annelize van Wyk (@annelizevanwyk) February 18, 2020
Dear South African women. NONE of the Members of Parliament who “raised” violence against women (otherwise known as gender-based violence) are on your side. Not the men who raised it. Not the women who cheered. You are on your own against toxic men & lawmakers. ON YOUR OWN.
— Redi Tlhabi (@RediTlhabi) February 18, 2020
Grown men in Parliament using Gender based violence to score political points and it ends up in chuckles.
— Manny Madumise (@MannyMadumise) February 19, 2020
Gender based violence is a serious matter and must be treated as such. I hope Mantwa gathers the strength to address these allegations, for Boy, a supposed friend to drag her name in Parliament for political points is uncalled for.
— Maria Zakharova (@Ma_LoJ) February 18, 2020
Gender Based Violence is not a political game. It is the reality of many South Africans. What happened yesterday in Parliament made light of GBV and showed us the lack of commitment to end/reduce GBV
— Letlhogonolo (@Mr_Mokgoroane) February 19, 2020
I am so shocked and absolutely disgusted at the use of gender-based violence as a political tool used to fight political battles today in Parliament #SONADebate. To play politics with our everyday struggles is never ok! You should all be ashamed
— Nazley 🌸 (@NazleySharif) February 18, 2020
Allegations of the committing of gender based violence by Parliamentarians should not be ignored or deferred in Parliament sitting. Public reps must account promptly! As much as the Rules of the House are to be adhered to, issues of GBV are serious in our society.#SONAdebate
— Mbali Motšoeneng ♡ (@Mbali_Bloom) February 18, 2020