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Men Are Dying In Silence

That was last Sunday’s main subject held by different non-profit organizations (NPOs) and religious leaders of KwaNobuhle township’s wards 45, 46 and 47.

The event, organised by community leader Siya Betsha, was held at the Ethiopian Holy Trinity Church in KwaNobuhle and it was concluded with a mass prayer by all attendees.

NPOs such as Amanz’ aseKana, TWYST (Transforming Women and Youth in Social Trends), Mzuvukile Boys Bayeni Foundation, Sikhulile Community Development, Sinako Woman Empowerment, Hope Care Centre and Luthando OVC Care Centre attended.

Discussions took place around problems of men who are being stigmatised when they speak out and end up being silent.

“Men are suffering in silence. Most men lost their jobs before and during Covid-19 and it took away their dignity as providers and protectors of families.”

“If a woman is married to such a man, she must remember the vows she made with her husband that said in bad and worse times you will always love him,” said Unathi Filita,
Senior Social Worker at the Department of Social Development.

He spoke to an audience that was dominated by women and told JHR that men must disclose all forms of abuse in order to avoid suffering in silence.

“If dad is unemployed, that must not mean he must not get the same respect he used to get when he was employed.

“If a woman, on the other hand, is a director or manager at work, at home she must play the role of being a wife and not a boss or manager or director in her house.”

“Let us create an environment that is conducive for everyone and not make somebody’s problem such as being unemployed a laughing stock,” he said.

The event ended with a word of wisdom by award-winning Pastor Thamsanqa Nkevu.

By Thamsanqa Mbovane

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