Cyril Ramaphosa to address the nation on gender-based violence

By Oluthando Keteyi - 05 September 2019Views : 1331

Following the brutal rape and murder of 19-year-old University of Cape Town (UCT) student Uyinene Mrwetyana, the spotlight has once again turned to the issue of gender-based violence in South Africa.

The UCT student was murdered in Clareinch Post Office by one of its employees, contributing to the wave of protests against gender-based violence sweeping Cape Town.

Mrwetyana is not the first female to brutally murder in South Africa, the murders of South African boxing champion Leighandre “Baby Lee” Jegels, 19-year-old Youth leader, Jesse Hess and Lynette Volschenk are just some of the victims that have been reported.

Across South Africa, protests against gender-based violence have been taking place since Tuesday, with an aim to bring awareness to the pressing issue.

On Thursday, Fight Back SA held a gathering against gender-based violence in Cape Town outside parliament, where hundreds gathered to hand over a memorandum to President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Ramaphosa told the crowd outside parliament, that government will be "heightening protection and safety for the women of our nation”.

“If you rape and kill a woman, you should get no bail,” said Ramaphosa.

The president is due to address the nation on gender-based violence and femicide and incidents of public violence.

The address will be carried on TV and radio stations at 18:00.