South African entertainers have decided to take a stand against the ongoing scourge of gender-based violence (GBV). Many women and children have lost their lives amid the Covid-19 lockdown and our stars have decided to take part in a campaign aimed encouraging men to act against GBV.
DJ Sbu and five other Mzansi celebrities have endorsed a campaign against gender-based violence (GBV). The #ActNow campaign was formed by black men who decided to take a stand against ongoing GBV in South Africa.
DJ Sbu, Gugu Khathi, DJ Fresh, Khanyi Mbau, Jackie Phamotse and Kwaito artist Kadaf and other senior government officials have all endorsed the important campaign.
Briefly.co.za sat down with Kadaf recently and asked him why he has decided to be part of the ongoing campaign. Check out some of the responses Briefly.co.za got from Kadaf below:
1. Do you think the country is doing enough to keep women safe?
"I think we can all agree that our country is NOT doing enough to keep South African women safe. It is exactly for that reason, my recording company (Bold Hearts Records) management and all its artists have taken it upon ourselves to produce songs (like Ama – BBW) which are not only about entertaining fans but are also preaching anti gender-based violence messages.
"For us, fighting gender based violence is not just public relations stunts that only happen during 16 Days of Activism Against Women And Children Abuse."
2. What do you believe are the root causes of violence against women and girls?
"Stupidity, patriarch, poverty, weak justice system, social masculinity stereotypes and modern economics dynamics are some of the inexcusable causes of violence against women and girls. Let me emphasise, these are justifiable reasons.
"By the way some of my songs are addressing such issues. In fact, those who have listened to the deeper figurative meaning of Ama-BBW, will tell you that I question why society is not exposing perpetrators? Why as men we do not standing up when some of us are doing or saying things that are perpetrating gender-based violence."
3. As the world observes this important period, what changes would you like to see happening to better improve the lives of survivors who were victims of violence?
"Again, instead of pointing fingers to others, let me rather tell you what I, in solidarity with civil society institutions, education imparting organizations, sports and entertainment federations, am (through my music and philanthropic work) doing to mobilise communities to combat, report and fight gender-based violence.
"So, this is not just what I wish to see happening. It is something I do because I have power and influence in fighting gender-based violence and all forms of injustices."
In other entertainment news, Briefly.co.za reported that Mlindo The Vocalist has taken to social media to apologise for his trending video. A video of Mlindo seemingly drunk is doing the rounds on social media.
The Macala hitmaker took to Instagram on Wednesday, 2 December to share a statement apologising to his fans about what happened on Monday night. He was in the middle of his performance at an event in Soshanguve when he suddenly fell and had to be carried off stage. In the viral video, Mlindo can be seen totally out of it and being carried off stage by a bodyguard.
"I would like to sincerely apologise to my supporters and everyone for everything that took place in this past weekend. I will not get into details but I take full responsibility of my actions, and I will not blame it on anyone but myself."
The star promises to behave when he goes out to perform next time. Mlindo added:
"I will be better and act better next time."
Social media users have taken to his comment section to share mixed reactions to his post
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