Reginah Mhaule: ‘Women should really be afraid’

Reginah Mhaule: 'Women should really be afraid'
GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE: Deputy minister for basic education Reginah Mhaule says more needs to be done in addressing GBV because as government they are tired of saying sorry to the families of victims of Gender-Based Violence. PICTURE BY Daily Maverick

Mhaule was speaking during the Mpumalanga legislature’s Women’s Parliament session.

The scourge of murders perpetrated against women in our society is a sign for women to really be afraid, deputy minister for basic education Reginah Mhaule has said.

“How often must we say sorry when another girl child dies?” Mhaule said.

“For instance, in the recent murder of University of Fort Hare law student Nosicelo Mtebeni whose body was dismembered, how do we look at Nosicelo’s mother in the eye and say, “we are sorry, yet again?” she said.

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Mhaule addressed the legislature’s Women’s Parliament as the keynote speaker on Monday 30 August 2021.


The Women’s Parliament, like the Youth Parliament, was set up to deliberate and find solutions to issues affecting women.

This year’s session touched mostly on the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic on the economic status of women as well as gender-based violence where women continuously become victims of all abuse, including murder by their male partners as well as economic exclusion.

“As women, we must be afraid, terrified of some of our own men,” Mhaule said. “Some of our men are truly broken. How often must we say sorry when another girl child dies a needless death at the hands of her intimate male?”

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Legislature speaker Makhosazane Masilela thanked the contributions made by the different political parties represented in the legislature and said she hoped this will bring solutions to the societal and economic challenges faced by women.

(edited by MLM)

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