“Women cannot be silenced anymore” – Pushie Watson
Former Jam Alley presenter and media personality turned pastor Pushie Watson revealed to Metro FM’s Amon Mokoena and Pearl Modiadie that she too was in an abusive relatioship like the late Karabo Mokoena.
Speaking to The Great Escape presenter, Pushie expressed her thoughts on the recent killings and rapes against women and children recently.
"I think it's just awareness, I think it's always been going on, I remember being that 21-year-old girl that was being dragged by my hair up the stairs, and being beaten and being told 'I'll slash your face so that you never become famous. I was Karabo, but by the grace of God, I survived. It's always been happening, it's just that now there's awareness, women have a voice, we have social media and we cannot be silenced anymore.
There've always been threats towards women and children but we had no voice, we were silent because the same people we would go to complain to would protect the people who were attacking us. We couldn't speak out."
Pastor Pushie also expressed how outsiders should never judge women victims of domestic violence:
"Don't ever judge a Karabo, I was so mad when I heard a very influential person say, 'Don't date men for money'. Do not reduce us to looking for a gold mine or being a gold digger. Even if a girl comes from absolute poverty and is looking for a means to better herself and she's finding it in the wrong places, that gives nobody the right to kill her.
Secondly, the responsibility is on men, it's on them to be men and to protect women, not for us to say she was dressed inappropriately that's why she got raped. She has the right to wear whatever she wants to wear without you touching her. It's always been happening it's just that now we have a voice and we will be silent no more!