Ramaphosa calls urgent sitting to discuss gender-based violence

By Doug Mattushek - 18 September 2019Views : 586


President Cyril Ramaphosa will participate in an urgent sitting of parliament on Wednesday afternoon to discuss gender-based violence.

Following a spate of horrific attacks on the women of Mzansi, thousands took to the streets in a series of protests against the issue of gender-based violence.

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"In the last two weeks South Africa's approach to violence perpetrated against women has changed fundamentally," said Ramaphosa.

"We all have the responsibility to ensure that these events become the turning point in our fight against gender-based violence."

Parliament, who will sit on the matter from 14:00, released a statement saying it hopes this can mark a turning point in the fight against gender-based violence.

"Referring to violence perpetrated against women in the last two weeks, President Ramaphosa stressed that we all have a responsibility to ensure that these events become a turning point in our fight to end gender-based violence," it read.

"Crime statistics released this week showed an increase in violence in the country. This included increases in sexual offences, such as rape and other violence against women."

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