President Cyril Ramaphosa said it was time South African men got it into their skulls that they do not own women or their bodies.
Speaking at the National Women’s Day celebrations in the Western Cape on Thursday, Ramaphosa said a war had been waged against women in this country.
Ramaphosa said that while some strides were being made, South African had not emerged from its patriarchal past.
He explained that the safety and freedom that South African women were entitled to was under increasing threat, adding that the trend needed to be nipped in the bud as a matter of urgency.
South African women are subjected to emotional and physical abuse every day.
“Many South African women are still burdened by poverty and oppressed by cultural practices, social convention and prejudice,” said Ramaphosa on Thursday.
“The face of poverty and suffering in our country is still worn by the women of South Africa. We men must get it into our heads that we do not own women nor do we own their bodies and that we should never seek to dominate them,” added Ramaphosa.