On Wednesday the 9th of August, The City of Johannesburg hosted a Woman’s day event themed Imbali yo Mfazi/The Legend of a woman at the Workers Museum Newton.
This event was part of the opening of Mazwai Mdima’s exhibition with the same title Imbali yo Mfazi/ The Legend of a woman, which will run from 9 August to 15 September 2017.
Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development for the City of Johannesburg, Nonhlanhla Sifumba was amongst the guests.
Sifumba said that they have been engaging with different communities around Johannesburg through Let’s Talk Jozi Imbizos to address the issues of Human Trafficking and Women and Children abuse.
“I hope people will learn from this exhibition because Gender violence and women abuse is one area that we as society seem to be afraid to deal with it,” said Sifumba. “We host the Let’s Talk Jozi Imbizos so that we can talk to people and come up with solutions to problems. We are also showcasing what we have within our portfolio so that people would know about what we do as the department.”
“This exhibition speaks to the heat and hopefully the hype will be created around this.” Said Sifumba
The Veteran artist and sculptor Mazwai Mdima will be exhibiting his 18 wood sculptures and the body of work constituting his exhibition has been created specifically for the purpose of raising awareness of levels of gender-violence in communities.
Mdima who has lost two of his children through domestic violence said that certain social constructs need to be changed to decrease domestic and women abuse.
“Two of my children have been victims to ‘child in love murders’,”said Mdima“One of the things that we need to get rid of as a country, as a matter of emergency is ukulobolana (paying bride-price),we can’t be selling our children and give it a good name and pretending that it’s a good thing. For the mere purpose of holding on to what was done in the past, we can give it up now.”
He went on to say, “Paying bride price, gives a man power to easily abuse a woman because he believes that he has bought her. We have even brain-washed our children, our young women are proud to say that they are worth more than R100 000.”
“We have done a terrible damage to our society and we need to replace some aspects of culture which now seems to be contributing to the abuse of women,” he added.
The Exhibition is open to the members of public. It can be seen daily from 9am to 5pm.