Dineo and Fezile’s performance last night triggered a lot of emotions for South African families.
In a report that came out in 2017, it was reported that women and children in South Africa were the most vulnerable globally. According to a 2016 statistic report, 52 985 cases of sexual crimes against women and children were reported.
And with the court case of Karabo Mokoena, who was allegedly murdered by her boyfriend currently underway, the debate about gender-based violence has been a topic of discussion throughout recent weeks.
Mzansi Magic’s The Queen has also been inclusive within this debate as Kea’s situation with her fiance’ Tebogo, escalated to unfathomable proportions last night when Tebogo beat Kea to a pulp.
Initially, there have been previous episodes of Tebogo physically assaulting Kea, but those scenes were not as hectic as last night’s one.
As Tebogo continuously threw punches, blow for blow, viewers of the local show were reminded of their own family experiences and how personal the scene resonated with their own domestic abuse experiences.
This episode took me back when I witnessed my mother being hit and burnt in a stove by my father. I was only 9 years old but the picture is still clear in my mind #TheQueenMzansi pic.twitter.com/6aLzwJspOP
— Mlamli (@Mangcala) April 18, 2018
So I grew up witnessing what was happening on the Queen firsthand, I am properly traums after this episode of #TheQueenMzansi 😭😭 it was too much for me. Strength to those who go through this…
— Phumelele🌹 (@Phumi_lee) April 18, 2018
The scene was also a reflection of the many women in the country who are currently going through such torment.
The most painful part about Kea's scene is that it's a reality for some women out there😢😢😢 I'm praying for all those women tonight…Jehovah aniphe amandla nesbindi to walk away🙏
— BlackBird (@KhwezB) April 18, 2018
#TheQueenMzansi I pray people are outraged by this violence. Horrified into making a change. I pray it is not further disensitizing us. I pray the men who do this aren't feeling validated because "she hit him back"…
So many women are in these relationships. 💔💔💔
— Mona Monyane (@MonaMonyane) April 18, 2018
Dineo Moeketsi [who plays the character of Kea] was thankful for all those who were part of this emotionally taxing scene and acknowledged that the aftermath of this scene was going to affect a lot of people were going to watch it.
I'm grateful that we challenged ourselves the way we did @FezileMakhanya We knew of the ramifications and went full steam ahead. Dare I say It, I am proud of us. We took stand against the perils of abuse. Love to the entire #TheQueenMzansi team. They supported us immensely.
— Dineo Moeketsi (@therealdineo) April 18, 2018
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