Expert encourages posting disputes on social media, says it’s good for debate

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Academic, sculptor, poet and writer, Professor Pitika Ntuli, says posting emotive and sometimes complex content on social media should be welcome as such material invokes much-needed debate.

The cultural, social and economic commentator was reacting to the social media discussion on the brawl, in the video below, between The Mommy Club reality TV star, Nozipho Ntshangase, her husband, Zola, and their children.


Some social media users weren’t impressed with the leaking of the footage, saying it makes it difficult for families to resolve their problems privately.

Professor Ntuli, however, believes such moves could help in holding people to account and bringing clarity to complex issues.

The anti-apartheid activist, sculptor and traditionalist says what happened between Nozipho and her husband should never happen in front of children.

While some social media users lashed out at Ntshangase for how he was treating his family, others slammed his teenage sons for trying to calm their dad down, asking him to come have a conversation with them as a family.

Speaking to YNews, Professor Ntuli said the engineer’s actions set a bad precedence for his children.


It has also since emerged that Ntshangase is in the process of taking a second wife, with some blaming this as reason for his actions.

Nozipho, who is a mother of eight, has previously revealed on the The Mommy Club that she was having some difficulties in her 16-year marriage.

However, Professor Ntuli says such a move shouldn’t cause a ruckus when handled correctly.

He says when a man wants to take a second wife, he needs to consult his first wife first and get her permission.


Towards the end of the footage of the Ntshangases’ row, Nozipho appears to have been hit, invoking memories of the historical culture of “might is right” and the continued inequality between men and women –  with women and children in some communities still expected to take the beating from the head of the household as a sign of respect.

Professor Ntuli says the high levels of violence against women and children in South Africa underscores the importance of initiation schools, where young men are prepared to be responsible members of society and taught how to treat the women in their lives.



Written by: Nonhlanhla Harris

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