Bernadette Wicks
Senior court reporter
2 minute read
21 Feb 2020
5:55 am

Using women’s pain as a weapon reinforces the toxic cycle of domestic abuse 

Bernadette Wicks

Mamabolo and Malema were either ignorant, callous or simply lying when they made those accusations in their capacities as public officials on a very public platform.

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There is so much wrong with politicians wielding domestic abuse as a weapon in their petty bickering. It reduces a devastating pandemic that touches millions of South Africans on a deeply intimate level to the subject of schoolyard snipes. In parliament on Tuesday, during the Economic Freedom Fighters’ (EFF) response to the State of the Nation address, ANC MP Boy Mamabolo asked EFF leader Julius Malema if he had abused his wife, prompting Malema to retaliate by accusing President Cyril Ramaphosa of having abused his ex-wife, the late Nomazizi Mtshotshisa. The exchange has since spilled out of the protected realm...