- Cyril Ramaphosa has said that the ANC is committed to women's empowerment
- He said government had plans to address gender-based violence and get women into more key government positions
- The president also commented on race relations, saying they had improved since 1994
Cyril Ramaphosa has vowed that the ANC is committed to the fight for gender equality.
The president made the pledge while addressing the HIP Alliance (Hellenic, Italian and Portuguese communities).
Ramaphosa was addressing the HIP Alliance at a campaign event in Germiston, Ekurhuleni.
Additionally, Ramaphosa said that the economic empowerment of women was important, adding that he would soon be signing a declaration on the issue.
He also said that government was working on a national action plan to address gender-based violence and to get more women into key leadership positions.
While answering audience questions, Ramaphosa also spoke on issues of racial discrimination, according to Eyewitness News. He said that the country had made significant progress in improving race relations in 1994.
Ramaphosa said that there will still incidents of racism, but that these were generally strongly condemned. He said that social media also helped raise public awareness about cases of discrimination when they took place.
"Some who have been involved in those racial incidents are now serving jail terms and they are being disciplined in one way or another," the president said.
The HIP Alliance has said that they will vote for the ANC at the upcoming elections.
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