- Cici has spoken out on how telling her story has helped her heal.
- She wants to encourage others to share their stories and take a stand against abuse.
- Being able to love yourself again and free yourself from what happened, is how you start to live again.
Cici has had one of those years. The award-winning R & B singer is adamant that there is still work to be done regarding women of our country tackling abuse in South Africa.
The 16 Days of Activism came to an end on Monday but Cici is not about to give up the fight. She will keep it ongoing not only for herself but for all women in need of healing.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Cici is of the opinion that women have taken back their right to live and have stood up to fight. She says the story of women has to be rewritten and there must be a constant reminder of the strength women possess.
Speaking with TshiaLIVE, Cici admitted that sharing her story with other women of the alleged abusive she endured in her relationship, has been a significant part of her healing process.
Cici came to the realisation that there were many women prepared to come forward and say enough is enough! Relaying her emotions into her music was what meant the most to her as it was a personal journey for her.
The incident happened after Cici and her ex-lover, Arthur Mafokate, had a disagreement which allegedly turned violent. Charges of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, were laid by Cici.
Cici explained that she believes that the abuse women suffer from the hands of their male counterpart, is purely because men feel “entitled” to a woman’s body.
If a woman walks down the street and comments are made about her body, that is seen as abusive. She went on to say that one of her family members had been a victim of abuse and she feels it’s time for her to make the change and stand up for those who are unable to do it for alone.
What really amazed and inspired Cici was the ability an abused women has in turning pain into power, for the reason she will fight for this cause forever.
To love yourself is high on Cici’s priority list. She says this is important as it equips women with the power to know if someone will be a bad influence on their mental and emotional state.
When Cici was asked if she felt safe in Mzansi, as a woman, her reply was that this country still has a long road ahead before its women and children will feel safe.
She added that she feels that women have done enough and it is time now for the men of this country to understand that abusing women is not right and for them to comprehend the impact it has. She said that the legal system fails too in that they tend be too lenient on the offenders.
The abuse against women should be seen in a much more serious light where the justice system is concerned and the offenders should be dealt with accordingly!
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