President Cyril Ramaphosa has withdrawn from this year’s Chairman’s Conversation hosted by Power FM following concerns raised by civil society organisations over assault allegations previously faced by the station’s boss and MSG Afrika chairperson,Given Mkhari.
Civil society organisations The Wise Collective and the Soul City Institute on Wednesday issued statements asking President Cyril Ramaphosa to withdraw from this year’s Chairman’s Conversation hosted by Power FM.
We have written to @PresidencyZA regarding the Chairman of @Powerfm987, @MkhariGiven's status as the accused in a domestic violence accusation laid with @SAPoliceService— WISE4Afrika #FeministsAtWork #FixingTheCountry (@Wise4Afrika) November 27, 2019
His lack of response on the matter meanwhile encouraging the nation to combat the scourge of GBV is flagrant. pic.twitter.com/jP620HS7s4
In July, last year, Mkhari and his wife Ipeleng were both arrested after they individually laid criminal complaints of assault against each other over an alleged fight they had in their home and subsequently withdrew the charges.
However Presidency spokesperson Khusela Diko said “President Ramaphosa firmly believes that he, like every other South African, has a responsibility to do everything within his means to confront gender-based violence, and to do nothing that undermines the effectiveness of the national effort.”
President Cyril Ramaphosa has decided to withdraw from The Chairman’s Conversation hosted by Gauteng-based radio station Power FM. https://t.co/IlFDMo6339— PresidencyZA (@PresidencyZA) November 28, 2019