The horrifying death of 22-year-old Karabo Mokoena has opened a can of worms in the nation with several women including presenter-turned-pastor Pushie Watson opening up about being in an abusive relationship.
Pushie who is popularly known as Pushie Pushie from 90s youth and music show Jam Alley revamped her brand and became a pastor.
While the murder of Karabo has helped intensify the awareness on violence against women, Pushie revealed she used to be in an abusive relationship when she was younger.
During an interview on The Great Escape, she spoke about the abuse that she endured as a 21-year-old.
“I think it’s just awareness. I think it’s always been going on. I remember being that 21-year-old girl that was being dragged by my hair up the stairs and being beaten and being told ‘I’ll slash your face so that you never become famous.’ I was Karabo, but by the grace of God, I survived,” she said.
This comes in the wake of attacks and killings of women in the country. According to Pushie, no one has the right to judge Karabo or any other woman who fell victim to such situation. In addition, she said that though the awareness is getting more heated, gender-based violence is not new. It’s only become more popular because women are now opening up unlike before.
“There’s always been threats towards women and children but we had no voice, we were silent because the same people we would go to complain to would protect the people who were attacking us. We couldn’t speak out,” she said.
Thus, Pushie urged women to support and help each other conquer potentially dangerous situations. She added that thinking of how Karabo was murdered reminds her of how it could have been her.
The burnt body of Karabo Mokoena was found in a ditch on April 29. The prime suspect in her murder is her boyfriend who is now in police custody.