Against Abuse Of Sportsgirls: Sport Can No Longer Remain Silent By Cheryl Roberts

3 Dec


South African sport should not be silent when sportswomen’s bodies and identities, especially teenage sports girls, are being abused, attacked and murdered, by men who assume they have the right to control women’s spaces and bodies.

Girls and women play sport to enjoy the game, not to become another victim or survivor of abuse and hate. However, it’s another horrendous act of violence against a sports girl. One stab, one life gone. This time, it’s the life of a 19 year old teenage girl. She’s black, a teenage girl, lives in a working class hood and a footballer.

Her name is Sihle Skotshi and she was, at one time in her young life, a junior player for Winnies Ladies FC in Guguletu and a registered member of SAFA Cape Town and SAFA

And the act of violence which claimed her young life was carried out by a thug male who…

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