FORMER Miss SA Bokang Montjane-Tshabalala has added her voice to the recent spate of gender-based violence.
Bokang said the country has lost its moral fibre and action should be taken to put a stop to the rising cases of gender-based violence.
The former beauty queen, who is married to ex-Bafana Bafana and Kaizer Chiefs star Siphiwe Tshabalala, said the recent reported cases of gender-based violence and brutal killings of young women can’t go unchallenged.
Bokang was addressing the residents of Ward 33‚ Mogale City Plot 89 Nooitgedacht‚ in Muldersdrift, where the couple was donating food parcels to underprivileged families and copies of the recently launched Shabba’s book Super Shabba – The African Superhero.
The charity work was done through the Siphiwe Tshabalala Foundation and the Bokang Montjane Foundation, in partnership with Mogale City Municipality.
Bokang said the violence meted out against young women is likened to how young boys are brought up.
She said government can’t tackle the scourge of violence on its own.
“We’re living in a very sick country where men are killing innocent young women.
“These cases can’t be treated in isolation without taking into account the manner in which a boy child is raised, and are behaving when they’regrown-ups,” said Bokang.
She said the relationship between father and son goes a long way, and can’t be separated from the development of the kids.
“Fathers need to step up to the plate, be counted and play their part in raising the boy child.
“The recent upsurge of violence we have seen is as a result of fathers being absent in the lives of their kids,” she added.
“This often contributes negatively in the upbringing and development of the child, especially boy children.”
Bokang gave a brief account of a not-so-glossy picture of how she made it against all odds to be the Miss SA in 2010, the year that Shabba scored the golden goal during the opening World Cup game against Mexico.
“My life is not a story of a girl who grew up in the suburbs or in town. Mine is story about a girl from a village, who didn’t need a prince to be a princess, but believed in herself and her dreams she becomes the Princess of Africa,” Bokang said.
She said through their foundations, the couple will work with various government structures to assist in nurturing young kids and youth development.
The Siphiwe Tshabalala Foundation and the Bokang Montjane Foundation both work in youth empowerment, and in 2014 they partnered with the National Youth Development Agency to promote national health and well-being programmes.