‘We shouldn’t justify rape’- Kgosi Seboko, Sakufiwa

15th May 2018
DIRECTOR: Lorato Moalosi-Sakufiwa Source:The Midweek Sun

Kgosi Mosadi Seboko of Balete has come to the defence of abused women by challenging liberated men to start empowering other men on life issues.

Kgosi Seboko says that men who have a good understanding of their role as protectors of women and children should teach others how to go about it. “Men shouldn’t rape us. It doesn’t matter where a woman is, she should never get raped. Go betelela ke bophologolo and men should man up and protect women and girls,” she says.

She laments that women get raped anywhere, whether it is at bars, or in the comfort of their homes. “We have cases where women were raped by their neighbours, girls raped by their stepfathers and women raped wearing long dresses. So it’s not about how you look and where you are,” she says. But the Kgosi and her ilk speak off tangent with Texas Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, who reckons that women bear some of the responsibility in preventing sexual harassment and abuse. 

Johnson says that women should understand that ‘rights come with responsibilities.’ Of course she angered feminists when she told NBC 5 news station late last year that she was disappointed and angered by the allegations of sexual harassment, abuse and misconduct against Hollywood heavyweight Harvey Weinstein. The Democratic Congresswoman who represents Texas’ 30th district says that a woman’s behaviour, including the way she dresses, can invite sexual harassment and assault.  “I grew up in a time when it was as much the woman’s responsibility as it was a man’s ― how you were dressed, what your behaviour was,” Johnson said.

“I’m from the old school that you can have behaviours that appear to be inviting. It can be interpreted as such. That’s the responsibility, I think, of the female. I think that males have a responsibility to be professional themselves,” she said.  Johnson believes that sexual harassment and assault happen because women allow it.  “I think we also need to start talking about the power that women have to control the situation.

There’s law enforcement, you can refuse to cooperate with that kind of behaviour,” she said. “I think that many times, men get away with this because they are allowed to get away.” But Kagisano Women’s Shelter director Lorato Moalosi-Sakufiwa, like Kgosi Mosadi Seboko, says that the issue is rape and not what women wear or where they go. “Going to drink is not a crime, neither is wearing mini-dress. The perpetrator should stop,” she states, citing the recent Tlokweng cases to show that women get raped even at their homes.

Recently, a woman aged below 25 was raped by four men behind a bar in Molepolole. At the scene, there were witnesses that blamed her for being over-drunk. “Even when we called the police, they found her drunk. She didn’t even know that she had been gang-raped,” a witness said. Botswana Police Service public relations officer, Assistant Commissioner Dipheko Motube says statistics from crime overview for the festive season show that 110 rape cases were recorded from December 18, 2017 to January 3, 2018.

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