Earlier this month, when President Jacob Zuma said that teenage mothers should be separated from their children and sent “far away” to Robben Island where they would be “forced to go to school”, even he forecast a backlash. “I am sure people are going to protest as I am talking now,” he said.
Sure enough, the Democratic Alliance and nongovernmental organisation Sonke Gender Justice called on Zuma to retract his statement. But, beyond them, there was no strong voice of damning dissent, raising the question: Where was the mainstream feminist reaction to this view?
As usual the ANC Women’s League failed to pipe up. “Predictable”, some might say, but when the organisation claiming to represent “the progressive women’s movement” says nothing, where does this leave South Africans in their bid to confront sexism?
Read it at the M&G.
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