Manyama addresses elephant in room


Kaizer Chiefs star midfielder Lebogang Manyama feels not all men know how to be men, as he issued an important message on the fight against gender-based violence.

The rise in femicide and gender-based violence in South Africa, particularly during the current national lockdown due to Covid-19, has led to prominent figures coming out to raise awareness on the plague women are faced with.

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The likes of Stellenbosch defender Asavela Mbekile, Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Lebohang Maboe and Chiefs captain Willard Katsande have already spoken out thereon.

Manyama has since added his voice in trying to identify what it is men are getting wrong when it comes to women abuse and their mistreatment of their female partners.

“I think every man knows how to treat a woman, but what I don’t think is that every man knows how to be a man,” Manyama told KCTV.

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“You know how to take care of your woman, and what makes your woman happy and what pisses her off, but the problem is we tend to want to make them the way we visualise what we want a woman to be like – that’s impossible, it’s impossible to own her in this world.

“And I think certain guys don’t like to… how can I say… not [be] overpowered but to be questioned in judgements, in terms of them wanting to have the final say. It’s impossible, I think, if you want to have the final say then it’s much better if you live alone.

“So many guys just go into stuff without thinking [about] if they are ready to be men, because if you bring another person into your life, then you must know that it comes with a whole lot of sacrifices.

“You must understand that your anger cannot go towards somebody that you say you love, it’s impossible.”

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