- President Cyril Ramaphosa has addressed Parliament in response to the recent outcry over gender-based violence
- Ramaphosa acknowledged the thousands who took part in protests across the country
- The president announced that a national emergency plan has been put into place to combat the issue
President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that a national emergency plan has been put into place to combat gender-based violence in South Africa.
Briefly.co.za reported that citizens across the nation had taken to the streets in widespread mass protests.
Addressing Parliament on Wednesday, Ramaphosa revealed that the emergency plan is set to be carried out over the next 6 months.
With more courts specialising in crimes of this nature promised by the president, other initiatives include educational programmes which aim to enlighten citizens on the issue.
Post-rape training will be provided to healthcare workers with the intention to not only increase available help for victims but to ensure that they are properly taken care of.
The private sector will be engaged in an attempt to increase support for survivors, with a fund in the pipeline to finance the effort to bring an end to gender-based violence.
The Department of Social Development has been tasked with tackling narcotics and alcohol abuse, which Ramaphosa noted fuels incidents of abuse.
Higher education institutions have approached the President in an attempt to make campuses safer for female services.
Ramaphosa called on the private sector to prioritise procurement, as the state intends to, from female-owned businesses, saying that woman often were forced to remain in abusive relationships because of financial dependence.
The president announced that R1.1 billion has been redirected to fund the programmes in order to aid an end to the plague on South African society.
Ramaphosa commented that no man is born a rapist, urging citizens to change the way they view their relationships and to cease abusive tendencies.
The president has dubbed the movement a revolution, changing the way South Africans view our women and breaking the 'spell' of violence
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