- Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has responded after outrage over her recent comments on rape
- Social media had been abuzz over a clip of Motshekga claiming that educated men don't rape
- The Minister insists that her comments had been taken out of context
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has responded to the outrage prompted by her comments on rape.
In a statement released by the Department, Mokshekga noted 'with concern' commentary surrounding her remarks:
"Rape is indeed about power, hence the Department has programmes to educate the boy child to appreciate the importance of how to deal with power relations between men and women from a young age. Therefore, my remarks must not be taken out of the context of educating children to develop them to become better people."
The Department continued by saying that men need to be educated about how to deal with power, patriarchy and negative or toxic masculinity:
"Educating men about power relations is also important also in the fight against rape."
Motshekga opted out of commenting on the negative reaction to her comments by learners in attendance:
"Regarding the reaction of the learners, I was not going to debate because the purpose of my remarks was to encourage them to be educated on GBV including educating them about women abuse."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has invited controversy by claiming that 'an educated man won't rape'.
Motskega, addressing the students, explained that the government had prioritised education because it knows that it is only through education that certain challenges could be overcome.
Motshekga then went on to claim that 'an educated man won't rape' and even the students could be heard voicing their dismay. Sensing the crowd's disapproval, Motshekga can then be heard continuing to say that:
“I thought they need to be a bit civilised not to do certain things, now I’m disappointed, but they don’t do other things neh?”
Continuing this line of thought, with students still audibly dismissing her views, Mokshekga said:
“My theory is that the more educated you are, the more sophisticated you are, the less you get involved in wrong things because you can look after yourself, your family, you can look after your environment.”
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