- President Cyril Ramaphosa wants SA to end the culture of silence when it comes to gender-based violence
- Recent incidents have brought the scourge back into the spotlight
- The nation's leader has called for citizens to report those who dare commit their heinous crimes
President Cyril Ramaphosa has acknowledged that South Africa has come through a dark and shameful week.
In a statement, Ramaphosa called on citizens to end the silence and report perpetrators of gender-based violence:
“Criminals have descended to even greater depths of cruelty and callousness. It simply cannot continue. We note with disgust that at a time when the country is facing the gravest of threats from the pandemic, violent men are taking advantage of the eased restrictions on movement to attack women and children.”
This comes after the deaths of numerous women over the course of the past week, with Ramaphosa continuing that:
“As we still struggle to come to terms with the brutality inflicted on Tshegofatso Pule, Naledi Phangindawo, Nompumelelo Tshaka and other women in the Eastern Cape and Kwa-Zulu Natal whose bodies were found dumped this week, another woman has lost her life."
Ramaphosa committed to addressing the factors that are fueling this trend amid the Covid-19 lockdown:
“According to the SAPS there has been an increase in violent crime, especially murders, since we entered alert level 3. We need to understand what factors are fuelling this terrible trend and, as society as a whole, address them urgently."
Briefly.co.za gathered that Ministers and Deputy Minister are set to meet with community leaders on both the Covid-19 pandemic and gender-based violence across the country.
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