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Topic: Reflecting on the scourge of Gender based violence and fatherlessness in our society.

On this week’s edition of #TheSitDownParenting One South Africa Movement leader Mmusi Maimane joins me for a discussion about the role of men in the dealing with gender based violence and what it will take to change perceptions.

Guest: Veli Silvana

Mmusi Maimane is a politician and former leader of South Africa’s main opposition party. The Democratic Alliance. He recently found a community driven activist organisation, One South Africa Movement which seeks to unite a broad coalition of South Africans who want to see change.

Maimane grew up in Dobsonville, Soweto and graduated from the University of South Africa, with a BA degree in Psychology, the University of the Wistwatersrand, with a Masters in Public Administration, and Bangor University Wales, with a Masters in Theology.

Notes

Yesterday, we celebrated Father’s Day. Scroll through your IG or any other social media platform – you’ll see numerous posts and dedications to fathers who have played a positive role in their children’s lives. But the reality in our society is that many households are headed by single mothers and many fathers are absent in their children’s lives. 
We’ve been engulfed with terrible stories about gender based violence. Anene Booyson, Lekita Moore, Siam Lee, Anni Hindocha, Reeva Steenkamp, Karabo Mokoena, Tshego Pule, just to mention a few. 
It’s clear that there is something that is terribly wrong and poisonous in our society where men are related. So we are in conversation with politician Mmusi Maimane to reflect on the scourge of fatherlessness and gender based violence in our country. Where did we go wrong? Where to from here? 
As we know, Mmusi Maimane is a politician and former leader of South Africa’s main opposition party, The Democratic Alliance. He recently founded a community driven activist organisation, One South Africa Movement which seeks to unite a broad coalition of South Africans who want to see change. 
But Mmusi is not just a politician. He is a son, a husband and a father and he shares his personal experiences, observations and possible solutions.