Sentencing of Johan Kotze and his co-accused a good example

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Issue date: 18 July 2011

The SA National AIDS Council’s Men’s Sector (SANAC Men’s Sector) welcomes the verdict and life
sentence against Johan Kotze and his co-accused. As a sector, we believe that
there are men who declare war against women and children in our society and this
has to be discouraged. The life sentence against Kotze and his co-accused
brings hope to women and girl children in South Africa.

The sector and its member organisations recognise that a lot of factors,
including emotional and psychological trauma, can lead some men to committing
such dastardly acts as killing and raping women and children. However, we are
appealing to men and boys to seek help when they feel frustrated, angry and
helpless instead of killing their partners. There are services available to
help address their issues.

As we celebrate victory for justice in the Johan Kotze case, the sector
through its Brothers for Life Campaign in partnership with the SA National
Men’s Action Group, Progressive Men of South Africa, CONTRALESA, National
Association of People Living with HIV and the SA Council of Churches, will
continue to engage men in all provinces as part of Nelson Mandela’s birthday month
on issues of gender-based violence and how it adversely affects our communities
and society.

See below our calendar of these community engagements:

National Community Men’s Dialogues – July 2013 Schedule as part of the Mandela birthday month.

19 July 2013 – Sisonke District, KZN, KwaSani Municipality

19/07/13 – Fezile Dabi district, Free State, Kroonstad

23/07/2013 – Amajuba, KZN, Newcastle Show Hall

27th July 2013 – Gauteng, Orange Farm

Dialogues with churches:

26th July 2013 – Mogale City District Men’s Dialogue, Rietvallei EXT 2&3

31 July 2013 – Joburg Metro Men’s Dialogue, Soweto (CWJ)

Dialogues with traditional leaders:

25 July 2013 – Gauteng Men Dialogue on GBV, Gauteng

25th July 2013 – Mpumalanga Men Dialogue on GBV, Mpumalanga

31st July 2013 – Men’s dialogue with traditional leaders, Men Dialogue on GBV, Limpopo

31st July 2013 – Men’s dialogue with traditional leaders, Men Dialogue on GBV, North West

Community men’s dialogues:

25 July 2013 – Community men’s dialogues, Gauteng ( West Rand)

25th July 2013 – Community Men’s Dialogues, Mpumalanga (Nelspruit)

27 July 2013 – Community Men’s Dialogue, Time: 10h00, Venue: Etwatwa Hall Daveyton

31st July 2013 – Community Men’s Dialogues, Limpopo

31st July 2013 – Community Men’s Dialogues, North West

For interviews and to find out more details about these community dialogues contact:

Bafana Khumalo (Rev), Men’s Sector National Chairperson

Cell: 0848177716

Mbulelo Dyasi (Ps), SANAC Men’s Sector Secretary-General and Brothers for Life

Cell: 0792906865/011 339 3589