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Gone are the days when deejays were synonymous with debauchery and groupies. The latest breed exudes altruism as well as social consciousness, and Trybal Boyz duo, Karabo Ndaba and Jerry Malatji, are a perfect example.
The pair say they’re tired of rape stories having become the norm and want to do their bit in fighting violence against women and children.
“Not a day passes without us reading in the paper about a child or elderly woman being raped,” Ndaba exclaimed. “It’s very disturbing and we want it to stop.”
How do they plan to do this? Simple – a nationwide tour.
Trybal Boyz Entertainment Records’ Real Men Don’t Rape tour starts on September 1 at Fountains Valley. They don’t just intend to make people dance, they want them to go home with a message.
The campaign, set to continue long after the tour ends, is aimed at teaching men and young boys that violent behaviour towards women doesn’t show strength, but rather immeasurable weakness.
“A three-month-old baby cannot defend itself against a grown man,” Malatji says. “Only a troubled individual would force themselves on a helpless baby.”
As part of the tour, the duo will play at numerous clubs across the country and in the daytime visit the local schools and colleges.
“It is not only grown men who rape anymore, young boys are also guilty of such crimes,” says Ndaba.
Pre-schools are also on the list as young children are the easiest prey for perpetrators.
The pair plan to educate children on the various types of sexual abuse and will give each of the kids a T-shirt with the Real Men Don’t Rape message printed on it.
“Some young children may not be able to read or fully understand the message on the T-shirts, but a grown man will,” they say.
“We want those who have violated women or children before to feel ashamed when they see the shirts and at the same time discourage anyone who’s having thoughts of forcing themselves on someone else.”
Malatji and Ndaba are hoping that their proactive approach, rather than the reactive one people have adopted, will have a bigger impact.
“People chant outside courts with placards once someone close to them has been assaulted, and thereafter they disperse.
“Our initiative will be an ongoing thing,” they explained.
“With the following we have from our fans, we’re in a position to change the mindset adopted by some men that forcing themselves on women and children is acceptable.”
The duo believe that by highlighting the issue to people in a relaxed and jovial setting, they’ll be able to get through to more individuals and thus bring about a positive change on other pressing social issues. “Too many young girls run away from home and end up on the streets as prostitutes,” Ndaba says.
“This could be due to a number of factors ranging from poverty to abuse, but if we are able to help at least one girl to break the silence, then our tour will have been a success.”
Recent Medical Research Council (MRC) research revealed that only one in 25 women in Gauteng report rape.
The Pretoria leg of the tour will take the duo to Mabopane, Soshanguve and Mamelodi, before embarking on the Jozi leg.
The tour will then move to Polokwane.
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