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DA councillor Renaldo Gouws slammed for #MenAreTrash clapback

09 December 2021 - 10:35
DA councillor Renaldo Gouws received heat online for the views he expressed on the #MenAreTrash trend.
DA councillor Renaldo Gouws received heat online for the views he expressed on the #MenAreTrash trend.
Image: Renaldo Gouws/Instagram

DA councillor Renaldo Gouws has been slammed on social media for his views on gender-based violence (GBV).

Gouws this week took to social media platform TikTok, suggesting that in a country where GBV incidents are high, “99% of men” who have never committed GBV against women and children should be “praised” and “thanked”,  instead of being blamed for doing nothing.

“This past weekend there was a trend aimed at SA men and that trend on social media was #MenAreTrash. You would think that when you’re fighting against GBV you wouldn’t generalise. One would think that you would want allies and supporters to come up and defend and stand up for your movement,” said Gouws.

“But when you stereotype, belittle and insult 99% of the population that has never touched a woman in that way, that has never been aggressive towards a woman or children, you would think that maybe praising them and thanking them for doing what they’re doing would be suitable. But nah, apparently blaming 99% of the men that do nothing and putting them in the same boat as the cowards that do those things is considered normal.”

The video drew mixed reactions on social media, with many criticising Gouws for his comments.

They said that not touching a woman without her consent was not something that was praiseworthy.

Responding to the outrage, Gouws said the point to his video was 99% of men who speak out and fight against GBV still get called trash.

“My message was clearly that 99% of the men who do not commit GBV and who fight against it are still called trash,” said Gouws

“If you truly believe that I expect women to thank men for not raping or assaulting them then you have been indoctrinated by people who despise and hate me,” he added.


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