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EDITORIAL | What hope do we have if our ‘educated’ leaders perpetuate myths?

You know you’re in trouble when pupils have to educate ministers on the realities of rape and GBV

Editorial

When basic education minister Angie Motshekga addressed Pretoria pupils at the opening of the school year on Monday, not only did she cause outrage with her comment that educated men don’t rape, she inadvertently created a teachable moment. 

In a video, the longest-serving education minister in our country’s history was heard saying the government was prioritising education as a way to deal with challenges in the community because “an educated man won’t rape ... akere?”, or do they, Motshekga reframed the statement. 

“I thought they need to be a bit civilised not to do certain things, now I’m disappointed. My theory is that the more educated you are, the more sophisticated you are, the less you get involved in wrong things because you can look after yourself, your family, you can look after your environment,” Motshekga elaborated in response to derision from the pupils...

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