President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation later today on a plan to address gender-based violence.
He said this on outside Parliament in Cape Town on Thursday. The president was heckled when he met protesters.
“Enough is enough, and we will act on that,” Ramaphosa said.
“We must declare a state of emergency – I will be addressing that issue as well,” he added.
“The issues that we have set out here, such as [ensuring] that there are harsher penalties, is precisely what we can address,” the president said.
He will also visit Uyinene Mrwetyana’s family in the Eastern Cape, saying “we need emergency measures in place to protect women”.
Mrwetyana was raped and murdered after going to the post office for a parcel. The alleged perpetrator was arrested on Tuesday.
“The killing of women must be brought to an end.
“We want the men of our country to take responsibility for the slaughtering of women … Stop raping the women of our country and killing them.”
“As a government, we will heighten the safety and protection of the women of our nation.”
Throughout the week, the World Economic Forum taking place in Cape Town had protesters outside, demanding justice for women who have been raped and murdered.
“We will address harsher penalities so that the men who rape women, and kill women, must stay in jail for life,” Ramaphosa said.
“Men who rape women, men who kill women, do not belong in society. They belong behind bars … Once you rape and kill a woman, you will get life.”
He also said there must be no bail for those accused of “violence against women and children”.
Ramaphosa also touched on specialised courts for such cases.
“It is important that we continue as a nation to show our solidarity to show our care and compassion,” Ramaphosa said.
“Last year, arising from a number of calls we held a GBV summit and those outcomes are currently in process of being implemented,” he said.
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