Burn survivor speaks up: "I'm not a rehabilitation centre for a badly raised man"

Burn survivor speaks up: "I'm not a rehabilitation centre for a badly raised man"

A burn survivor took to social media to share a message with the women who are stuck in abusive relationships.

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Thembi Maphanga has first hand experience on how destructive an abusive man could be. As South Africans celebrate women's month with protests against gender based violence, Maphanga wanted to get a message across to abuse victims.

"LADIES REPEAT AFTER ME. I am not a rehabilitation center for a badly raised man, it is not my job to fix him, change him, parent him or raise him! I want a partner not a project! I deserve respect and love. I am not an object that can be owned, possessed or controlled.I value Me," she captioned a snap of herself.

Her post inspired other social media users, who agreed abusive men should stand accountable for their actions.

Nonhlanhla_Magagula commented: "Moghel I admire your positivy. I wish I had half the confidence you have. Right now, you are my hero. I have mad love for you."

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Maphanga knows how much damage an abusive man can inflict on his partner- her baby daddy set her and their two-year-old daughter on fire seven-years-ago.

As Briefly.co.za reported previously, Maphanga told her story during the #TotalShutDown protest and it was shared online.

A public argument led to her long-time abusive lover losing it and drenching her in petrol. Sadly, their daughter was in the room and she did not survive the ordeal.

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