Musician Amanda Black is the latest celebrity to call on the government and police to intervene in the scourge of gender-based violence in South Africa.
The ‘Amazulu’ hitmaker recently spoke out on social media about violence against women, including corrective rape against those in the LGBTIQ+ community.
The star recounted how she and her friends would often lie about being together to stop people hitting on them in public, and said she now realised how that could’ve been a danger to their lives.
“I remember back then my friends and I even used to lie about being together just to stop a guy from continuing to harass either of us. Not knowing then that lying about being lesbian put us in even more danger,” she explained.
She went on to mention how grateful she was to have never been raped, but women should not have to count themselves lucky to have escaped abuse.
“I count myself so lucky to never have been raped. I can’t imagine the kind of damage it does to one’s soul. I shouldn’t have to count myself lucky. Not being raped and assaulted and killed should be the norm, mahn!!”
She appealed to the government and the police department to take action.
“We can’t be so desensitised to the brutal killings of all these women. This is not normal. It can’t be normal. Every other day it’s someone else, and these are just the ones that make it to the TL,” she said in a message to the government and South Africa’s police services.
She went on to call out on all rapists, not dropping names but stressing that “No means no” and should always mean no.
The world has been suffering from many episodes of gender based violence and corrective rape. Along with everything happening with the black community.