We did not invite him - GCIS speaks out on Arthur Mafokate joining #100MenMarch
The Government Communications and Information System (GCIS) has issued a statement distancing themselves from reports that it invited Arthur Mafokate to join the 100 Men March.
A Sunday publication announced that Mafokate, who is in the middle of a court battle for allegedly assaulting former girlfriend Cici, would join the march.
This caused a raging debate on social media.
In their statement GCIS makes it clear that Mafokate was not invited to participate in the march and was not appointed as an ambassador.
"Government recognises that Mr Mafokate is facing serious charges of gender based violence and supports that the due legal processes unfold accordingly. The charges faced by Mr Mafokate and his alleged conduct are in direct conflict of the ethos of #100MenMarch and rallying call by government and its partners to create awareness on violence against women and children‚" read the statement.
The 100 Men March aims to encourage men to take a stand against the scourge of violence against women and children. The march is set to take place on July 10.
Mafokate's ex-girlfriend‚ Cici laid charges of assault against him‚ claiming that an altercation between them allegedly turned violent. Mafokate laid counter charges of assault against Cici and both cases are being heard at the Midrand Magistrates Court.
Mafokate told TshisaLIVE that he was aware of the backlash on social media over his decision to join the march but urged more people to join the march.
"I appreciate the support of those that supported my stance and I urge other people to also join the march as it's for a good cause."
Social media users lashed out at Mafokate over his decision to join the march.