“I have decided to no longer participate in the #100MenMarch to which was invited to participate through RISA, SAMO and SAACYF, due to the opposition I have received from participation as well as threats I, and my immediate family, have received”, said Mafokate
Mafokate has been under a lot of criticism from the public after it emerged that the musician would be joining the march. This amid allegations of abuse levelled against him by his ex-girlfriend Busisiwe ‘Cici’ Twala.
Cici as she is known allegedly sustained serious injuries after Mafokate allegedly dragged her along the street in his vehicle.
Government has also spoken out against reports that musician Arthur Mafokate was going to join the #100MenMarch against women and child abuse.
The Southern African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO) has also removed Mafokate from his position as non-executive director of the board.
“In the SAMRO board meeting held on the 28 June of 2018, the board resolved that notice be given to Mr Mafokate of the decision to initiate the process to remove him from the SAMRO board as a non-executive director,” SAMRO said in a statement.
Mafokate has however said that he supports all the activities aimed at combatting gender violence and abuse.
“I stand resolute in my support of the rights of women and children and all activities and abuse. That I stand accused of having perpetrated violence against a woman does not mean I am guilty thereof”.
The 100 Men March aims to encourage men to take a stand against the scourge of violence against women and children.
Social media users lashed out at Mafokate over his decision to join the march.
Dear @Arthurmafokate Sir how do you maintain not guilty when these are the screws i have as a result of what you have done to me.. @GCISMedia @NotInMyNameSA. Where was the constitution when you violated me. pic.twitter.com/FHJ1VjhpIf
— #BUSISIWE👑 (@cici_worldwide) July 10, 2018
A woman once tweeted “South African men are embarrassing”
I’m inclined to believe ber 10 times over nje because of a turd like arthur mafokate… you nearly kill a woman in a fit if rage and you came back with this shit? Fokof arthur, ayo tender ye ANC le! Bloody criminal https://t.co/fAgPzuTfhU
— Ken Gampu (@IndodaEqotho) July 8, 2018
How #ArthurMafokate was handled shows that men are still conflicted about how to handle an abuser who is a friend , family or someone they know.
The double standard on abusive men has to stop!
Abuse is abuse!
An abuser has no face!
— KabeloWaka (@kabeloWaka2) July 10, 2018
Just say you had a change of heart as a result of pressure. pic.twitter.com/JrVFc4vc0l
— Tumi Sole (@tumisole) July 9, 2018