Last night at the Afro Punk Bash that was held to kick off Afro Punk Joburg 2017, King Tha (Thandiswa Mazwai) performed alongside the band the BLK JKS. And it was such a vibe, it was one of the best performances of the night. But it’s not just her electrifying show that made people talk.
King Tha took sometime between songs to express how disgruntled it makes her feel when men get defensive to being called trash. “A woman just got killed by her man, and you have a problem with us saying men are trash,” she said referring to the tragic death of Karabo Mokoena, who had gone missing and was later found dead, killed and burned by her man. “I read in the newspapers that a two-year-old was killed and raped by her father,” she continued, referencing a different incident.
“How can you have a problem with us going around saying men are trash? Men are more than trash; men are the problems in our lives as women.”
King Tha went onto clarify what #MenAreTrash really means by giving examples. “We can’t walk in the streets without you brothers grabbing our hands, and saying something about… something. Somebody always feel they have a right over our bodies or our time. It goes from the subtle kind of violence to the extreme violence where you find yourself, raped and murdered and left on the side of the street somewhere. All of us women know this fear, so you can’t tell me we can’t be angry at our men,” she said before resuming her performance.
You can watch a clip of King Tha’s rant below.
Note that first few seconds of her speech weren’t captured on the video.
Holding image by Sabelo Mkhabela