Malusi educates men and boys about gender issues in South Africa. He came to this work as a result of losing access to his young daughter. When he and her mother broke up, he was prevented from seeing her and slid into a pattern of drinking and drug use. Eventually, Malusi saw that his only hope of having a relationship with his daughter was to let go of self-hatred and forge a new and healthy life for himself.
Key points to consider in viewing Malusi’s story
Poverty and lack of employment very often contribute to men’s inability to maintain a presence in the lives of their children. Malusi’s story speaks to the pain that many of these men experience, as well as to the assumptions that people often make about them. Take care in watching the story to think about how men must be held accountable for their behaviour but also supported in playing meaningful roles in their children’s lives.