When A Victim Is Made A Villain

Two troubling incidents, one in neighbouring South Africa and another here at home, played out on media platforms last week. Though unrelated, the incidents speak to how people react to incidents of abuse of women and reports therefore.

Early in the week, a known ruling party activist, nominated councillor and a contender in the upcoming highly polarised Botswana Democratic Party special congress, Roseline Phanzirah-Mashome wrote in her Facebook page her take on sexual harassment in politics.

The Tlokweng civic leader who is contesting the post of deputy secretary general, from the camp of presidential hopeful, Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi must have rubbed her opponents the wrong way when she stated that unlike some, she did not sleep her way to the top. Once a close confidante of President Mokgweetsi Masisi and now bitter enemy, Phanzirah-Matshome curiously stated that she has turned down many proposals and had no intention to sleep with her “leader”.

Editor's Comment
‘Boraboko’ should face the wrath of the law

Still in Molepolole, a young woman was also reported missing, only for her decapitated body to be found inside in a shallow grave! The issue of missing persons has always been a challenge in our country, and a considerable number of missing persons are unfortunately found dead! Something troubling is the murders related to missing persons, which touch on an array of issues, including the killing of intimate partners, often referred to as passion...

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