Behold the SA Men Awards, where we celebrate men for not being trash during the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children. And nominate a homophobic and misogynistic preacher as Man of the Year.
Every year, for 16 days from November 25 to December 10 the government endorses a campaign to end violence against women and children. The SA Men Awards are designed to encourage men to be active citizens against gender-based violence in the country, according to chairperson Bongani Ngomane. â€œNot all men are abusers, not all men are violent. Those that are good men, those that are not abusing – let us mobilise them so they can graduate to be great men,â€ he said.
The awards are part of an incentive to keep men good and to ensure that young boys have positive male role models and to show that not all men are trash. According to Ngomane, a good man respects women, protects women and does good for the country.
â€” #CelebratingSAMen (@samenawards) November 25, 2017
According to the SA Men Awards Facebook page, the event seeks to â€œrecognise and honour South African Men of statue (sic).â€
It is an initiative of the Menâ€
The event has been running since 2015. Its website says the first awards ceremony â€œwas a great success, attracting enormous public participation which yielded more than 400 000 votes via the SMS voting system.â€
â€” #CelebratingSAMen (@samenawards) November 23, 2017
It is true that men need to be fully involved in the fight for the eradication of gender-based violence, but will enticing men with a hand-made trophy at an awards ceremony encourage them not to abuse and rape women? Doubtful.
Finalists for the men of the year award are nominated through SMS, then asked to submit profiles and projects that they have been involved in. They go through police clearance and are finally chosen by an independent judge.
Some of the finalists for the award in 2017 included poet and activist Don Mattera, businessman Matthews Mogafe and peacher Angus Buchan.
â€” #CelebratingSAMen (@samenawards) November 24, 2017
Charismatic evangelist Angus Buchan or â€œOom Angusâ€ as his followers fondly refer to him is as problematic as they come. Buchan drew thousands in Bloemfontein earlier this year in a gathering called Itâ€
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Buchan is also homophobic and queerphobic. He has been quoted as saying, “I cannot ever agree that homosexuality is right. I love them though, but they need help. We have prayed for them and God has changed their hearts.” In 2008 he argued that praying over a queer individual can “change them.” Buchan was banned from preaching at venues in Scotland in 2016 because of his belief that homosexuality can be cured with prayer. Buchan also told Carte Blanche in 2008: â€œYou canâ€
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â€œWe nominated Baba Angus for his positive role in social transformation in the country and his role in menâ€
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