- President Cyril Ramaphosa has voiced his approval after Luyanda Botha was handed three life sentences for the murder of Uyinenen Mrwetyana
- The president says the sentence has served the cause of justice and will act as a deterrent to future perpetrators
- Gender-based violence remains a scourge and national crisis, according to the politician
President Cyril Ramaphosa has welcomed the recently handed down sentence against Luyanda Botha.
Briefly.co.za reported that Uyinene Mrwetyana's killer was served with three life sentences in the case that horrified the nation.
In his weekly newsletter to the nation, Ramaphosa lauded the ruling as justice being served:
"The three life sentences handed down to the rapist and killer of UCT student Uyinene Mrwetyana by the Cape High Court are befitting of this heinous crime. The life sentences serve the cause of justice and must act as a deterrent to men who rape and kill the women of our country."
The president says that the continued violence against the nation's women is nothing short of a national crisis:
"The pain we felt as a nation at the brutal killing of Uyinene, of Jesse Hess, of Leighandre Jegels, of Janika Mallo and of the many other slain women and children remains fresh. We dare not rest. The violence perpetrated by men against women remains a scourge and national crisis that we must act urgently to end."
Ramaphosa says that the implementation of the Emergency Action Plan is well underway:
"The Emergency Action Plan to deal with the scourge of gender based violence that I announced at a special joint sitting of Parliament in October is being implemented. The women of our country demanded that financial and other resources should be made available to address this national crisis.
"I directed that government should respond the call that had been made by the women of our country. The government has responded. The responsible government departments have together reprioritised R1.6 billion for the plan to be resourced and implemented."
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