PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA MAY 27: (SOUTH AFRICA OUT) TV personality Bonang Matheba during the Miss SA 2018 beauty pageant grand finale at the Time Square Sun Arena on May 27, 2018 in Pretoria, South Africa. From its inception, the Miss South Africa pageant has attracted thousands of beautiful, empowered women from across the nation. (Photo by Frennie Shivambu/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Bonang On Femicide And Abuse, ‘I Want My Voice To Be Heard’

South African TV personality Bonang Matheba, explained that her role in society was to make sure that girls’ education in Africa and gender-based violence are taken seriously.

Just last week, Bonang was among many celebs who spoke out about femicide and abuse in the country.

“I am a survivor of domestic abuse and for the first time I felt safe and I thought that people will actually believe me. This is something that I spoke about many years ago and people didn’t believe me. They made fun of me and thought I was lying. And for the first time I thought like wow, OK, let me say something because I felt that people were on my side,” she said.

Bonang dated Euphonik a few years ago and after they broke up, she alleged that he physically abused her. The charges were later dropped.

She said women’s voices are often not heard but are growing harder to ignore. “We are taking a stand. We are marching to parliament, we are using social media and other platforms to make our voices heard. Now it’s time for women to be heard.”

Her comments came as women from across SA stayed away from work and school under the hashtag #WithoutUs.

Queen B believed that her way of commemorating the day was to be part of the Global Citizen movement.

“I am a Global Citizen movement ambassador and I joined just over a year ago. I told them about the Bonang Matheba Education Bursary Fund. What Global Citizen does is that it connects people around the world who have similar passions and objectives,” she said.

This year, Bonang told herself that she wanted to do more for girls’ education and decided to focus on this cause.

“Young girls are absent at school because there was not enough education being done around menstruation. I try to use my platform, my name and my influence to let people know the gender-based barriers when it comes to young women and girls,” she said.

She added that she doesn’t want to just slay on the socials: “I don’t want to only be known as that. There needs to be some substance in what I do.”


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