Official statistics present that police document 110 rape accusations day-after-day in South Africa. Addressing college students on the opening of faculties in Pretoria, the fundamental training minister mentioned her authorities “has prioritised education because it knows that it’s only through education can we deal with some of our challenges… because an educated man won’t rape”.
In a video clip posted by one of many nation’s main tv networks, Newzroom Afrika, the scholars have been heard responding in unison: “They do!” The minister then remarked “or do they? I thought they need to be a bit civilised not to do certain things”.
The nation’s largest opposition social gathering the Democratic Alliance mentioned it needs the minister to “retract and apologise”. “These comments are utterly inappropriate and careless as the pervasive crisis of rape in South Africa knows no social, economic or educational boundaries,” it mentioned in an announcement.
The chief of the opposition One South Africa Movement, Mmusi Maimane, lambasted the minister for a “lack of understanding about” rape and gender-based violence within the nation. “We urgently need a new minister of basic education,” Maimane mentioned.
In an announcement after a storm of criticism on social media, the minister sought to clarify herself, saying that rape was about energy and her authorities goals to coach boys on dealing with “power relations between men and women from a young age”.
“Educating men about power relations is also important in the fight against rape. Therefore, my remarks must not be taken out of the context of educating children to develop them to become better people,” she mentioned.