Author: Nonsikelelo Ncube

The African Union (AU) stands divided as Israel has been granted observer status in the continental body with angry outbursts and finger-pointing over their treatment of Palestinians. While that debate rages, African leaders seem to agree about another hot-button issue: the role of women in the organisation. Only two women are serving on the Board of the AU, out of a total of ten members. African leaders appear united in having a limited number of women leaders in the organisation. I realised this during my visit in 2019 to AU headquarters in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa. I could literally…

Nonsikelelo Ncube
13 Sep 2021

One confirmed case of Covid-19 is one too many; one confirmed case of gender-based violence is one too many. Can we simultaneously rid the country of both pandemics? President Cyril Ramaphosa has dealt with the Covid-19 pandemic laudably, showing decisive action and leadership. Now he needs to show the same leadership in dealing with GBV. The extended lockdown has left many breadwinners faced with the grim reality of possible job losses and pay cuts. Many attach their sense of self-worth to their economic status and there are negative emotional and psychological consequences when this is threatened. Men are most likely…

Nonsikelelo Ncube
13 May 2020

Defence lawyer Peter Daubermann's targeted attack on witness and rape survivor Cheryl Zondi has exposed detrimental flaws in SA's judicial system. In a country where an unprecedented number of sexual and gender-based crimes are left unreported, South Africans watched in horror and dismay as Peter Daubermann, the defence lawyer for Timothy Omotoso, eviscerated Cheryl Zondi on the witness stand. Daubermann's courtroom antics are very much a microcosm of the larger flaws in the SA judicial system. Zondi alleges that Omotoso took advantage of his position of power and raped her over a period of two and a half years from…

Nonsikelelo Ncube
25 Oct 2018
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