Lentswe, Orkney - The Dr Kenneth Kaunda district municipal chamber was fully packed to capacity as men from various sectors converged for the North West (NW) Provincial Men’s Parliament on Friday 16 November.
The district executive mayor, Cllr Barei-Mosiane Segotso said: “I’m impressed to see real men come together to deal with men issues towards creating happier and safer communities.
Presiding over the sitting, the district Speaker, Cllr Pat Masiu could not hold back his joy as he shared the Men’s Parliament motto ‘Takuwani Riime’ meaning that men should stand together.
Cllr Masiu said men should stand together against gender based violence and must protect women and children.
The gathering was a result of joint coordination by the NW Premier’s Office, district, SANAC, GCIS and the deputy president’s office.
From the Men’s sector, Pinampi Maano said the District Men’s Forum was established in 2008 and it has local forums such as ‘Banna Ba Kae’, ‘Banna Tswelelang’, and ‘Banna Ikageng’.
He said these forums are platforms that help men to come together discuss, support, and educate each other on matters affecting them.
During the sitting, a theatre drama play from Komeng Group directed by the veteran actor and artist, Sello Maake Ka Ncube was played.
Former Generations actor, Ka Ncube said: “At the age of 24, I used to be violent towards my girlfriend, but thanks to an inner voice and support I changed those bad ways. This play depicts the contradictions where men sometimes go through their life journey.”
At that parliamentary discussions, men discussed their roles as providers in their families and communities, their roles in being positive examples for the youth and the power struggles in their sex life with reference to HIV/AIDS.
“We need to be role models as fathers and we must also make time to mentor our young kids,” said Thabo Seadira.
Don Radebe said: “Let’s stop hiding behind culture, the African culture dies not say we must beat up women. Let’s respect and love our women as our culture teaches us”.
Another delegate, highlighted that men at times lose their jobs or income, and are at times mistreated by their spouses which leads to domestic violence.
The contributions and inputs from the discussions were to be consolidated and presented at the SA National Men’s Parliament taking place in Cape Town this week.
“Coming back from the National Parliament, we are going to visit various men’s forums across the province in other to resuscitate and strengthen them,” James Mothosola from the Premier’s office said.
To be in contact with your local men’s forum call your ward councillors, GCIS or district office of Premier or 018 464 2300.