‘No money, no Love’
“No money, no Love”, is an echo from a male who attended the launch of a first of its kind Men’s Parliament in the Eastern Cape at the East London City Hall on Wednesday morning.
The unknown gentleman was subsequently kicked out of the City Hall after he disrupted a speech by Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu, Deputy Minister of the Department of Social Development.
Bogopane-Zulu was speaking on behalf of women, appealing to men and boys present at the parliament to help women understand why they are being hunted in their homes, in public institutions and on the streets.
“If the sentiment is that no money, no love; then men must familiarise us with this notion that for love to be done right, it must accompany money,” she responded.
Over 120 men present at the launch disassociated themselves with this statement. The launch, attended by Buffalo City Mayor, Xola Pakati is in partnership with the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) Men’s Sector and municipalities of Eastern Cape as well as Kwazulu-Natal respectively- as part of the Takuwani Riime Men’s Movement which supports the Department’s Men Championing Change Programme.
The programme seeks to encourage men and boys to play a role in the prevention of HIV, gender-based violence and other social ills. The Department will be conducting Men’s Parliaments in all 52 Districts in the current financial year. These District Men’s Parliaments are as a result of the successful National Men’s Parliament which was held in Cape Town on 19 November 2018.
On the agenda is the definition of a man, beyond gender, culture and religion. Core to their debates will also be socio-economic development, validation of positive masculinity and the need for healing in safe spaces for men to engage. Engagements on the response of men and what must be done will be centred around economic development, personal commitment, mobilisation and accountability.
One of the critical resolutions was mentorship, the need to raise responsive responsible boys. The theme for the parliaments is, “Institutionalising a Responsive Men’s Movement”.