Criselda Dudumashe. (Photo: Supplied by City Press)
Metro FM personality and HIV/Aids activist Criselda Dudumashe has apologised for the offensive comments made at the University of Venda. Reports claim that the media personality asked men to stand up during her address. She reportedly told people who were unsure whether to stand up to look between their legs.
It pains me greatly to see that a post shared on social media and my words at last week’s dialogue held at the University of Venda have upset a number of South Africans, many of whom support me on radio and others being fans throughout my career. I unreservedly apologise for the hurt my words have caused. To the many activists and victims of abuse, I realise that I have let you down. That was never my intent and for that I am deeply sorry.
Given the criticism and feedback, I went back to read the posts and fully understand the anger and backlash from South Africans who expected better from me, particularly given the work I do, my own history and the position I hold as a media personality. To my employer the SABC, my colleagues and loyal listeners of my show on Metro FM I apologise for letting you down.
My words came across as though I have no regard for victims and survivors of abuse. Nothing could be further from the truth!
As a victim myself and a humanitarian, I strongly condemn all forms of sexual and gender based violence and believe that no one should be violated in any way. Those found guilty of abuse or any violation of human rights, should face the full might of the law
I remain committed to serving humanity and will continue to make a difference where I can.
I apologize to the LGBTIQ community, everyone who attended the GBV session at the University of Venda and all South Africans for my statements.