South African president bemoans gender based violence crisis

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South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and Foreign Minister Lindiwe Sisulu at AfCFTA in Kigali, Rwanda, March 20-21, 2018
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and Foreign Minister Lindiwe Sisulu at AfCFTA in Kigali, Rwanda, March 20-21, 2018

With South Africa’s soaring gender-based violence cases, President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday said the “crisis” of violence against women and children was a “shame on our nation” that must be eradicated.

“This crisis of violence against women and children is a great shame on our nation. It goes against our African values and everything we stand for as a people,” he said this while launching the annual 16 days of activism for no violence against women and children under the theme: “Enough is Enough: 365 days to end Gender-Based Violence and Femicide (GBVF)” in Lephalale, Limpopo.

Ramaphosa said that gender-based violence was rooted in “patriarchal and sexist attitudes.”

This years campaign comes after a post office worker Luyanda Botha was handed three life sentences last week for raping and killing University of Cape Town teen student Uyinene Mrwetyana.

The student went missing in August after having gone to the post office to pick up a parcel and Botha was swiftly arrested and convicted after confessing to killing her at work before dumping her lifeless body outside Cape Town. The case resulted in university students across South Africa mobilizing in the fight against gender-based violence asking for more action on social media under the hashtag #am I next.

Government is of the view that rapists and murders should be denied bail, saying harsher sentences must be imposed on them in an effort to end scourge of violence.

Two months ago, government announced a 1.6 billions of state funding towards programs to ensure improved access to justice for victims, prevention campaigns and establishing economic opportunities for women in abusive environments. Enditem

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