“Break the silence”-MEC Kaunda
We must get rid of the mentality that men are metals and that they don’t cry no matter the hardships they face.
This was said by KwaZulu-Natal community safety and liaison MEC Mxolisi Kaunda at the first-ever Men in Uniform Parade.
Kaunda joined more than 100 men, mainly from civil service, who marched from King Dinuzulu (Botha) Park to the Durban City Hall in celebration of July as the Men’s Month.
The march was aimed at giving them a platform where they can also share their issues and speak out while building men who protect women and children.
In KZN, July is well-known as the men’s month and various media engage men on issues they face, which do not receive as much attention in the society.
Kaunda condemned the scolding of men for voicing out struggles that they face.
“In some cases when a man goes to a police station, they are made fun of for reporting when they are being abused by a woman. We need to break the silence and build a nation,” he said.
KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala says that all KZN men should advocate for gender-equality.
“We are embarking on a month long men’s programme which will involve a number of activities that aim to ensure that we build consciousness among men to ensure that they play their rightful role.
“We believe that that rightful role should be defined by building men who will take responsibility of their kids, their families and community,” said Zikalala.
Pictures: Mandisa Magubane