- President Cyril Ramaphosa cut his appearance at the World Economic Forum short today
- Ramaphosa then addressed scores of citizens who had flocked to the conference to protest gender-based violence
- The president's speech was not particularly well-received, with the crowds voicing their disapproval both during and after his address
President Cyril Ramaphosa has promised the nation that its women will be protected.
Leaving the World Economic Forum, the ANC leader stepped outside to speak to protesters who had demanded action, charging Minister Tito Mboweni with taking his place, reports The Citizen.
Briefly.co.za reported that South Africans are up in arms as violent crimes against both women and children prevails, with this marking the second day of outcry.
Ramaphosa told the crowd that Parliament will urgently be tasked with debating the issue, promising that the 'immediate pain' being felt by female citizens 'cannot be postponed'. More courts 'dealing with these matters' would be put into action.
eNCA reported that the president vowed to increase the protection of 'our women', saying that a statement would be released later today:
“Crime that [have] been committed against women and children are priority crimes. They must be dealt with immediately. All of us have had enough of this, we are now going to take action to protect the women of our country."
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