Johannesburg, 08 September, 2022 / 9:01 pm (ACI Africa).
There is need to denounce and expose persons behind violence in families, including “crimes against women and children,” the Catholic Archbishop of South Africa’s Johannesburg Archdiocese has said.
In his homily during the Eucharistic celebration held at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Kagiso 1 of Johannesburg Archdiocese in honor of victims of the July 28 sexual assault of eight women in Krugersdorp, Archbishop Buti Joseph Tlhagale condemned the incident, and described the perpetrators as “enemies in our families and communities”.
“We are appealing to men and saying, what has happened is below any human being's dignity,” Archbishop Tlhagale said September 1 in reference to the eight women aged between 19 to 37 who were victims of multiple rapes whilst shooting a music video near a mine dump in Krugersdorp, Johannesburg in South Africa.
Alluding to the claim the vice of rape has its origin in families and the wide circle of friends and acquaintances, the South African Archbishop cautioned against silence.
Archbishop Tlhagale said, “When family violence occurs, we sometimes hide the crime and do not discuss it. We believe that loyalty to family is more important than loyalty to the gospel, which is a wrong attitude.”