President Cyril Ramaphosa says South Africa is facing a national crisis as cases of gender-based violence and femicide escalate. He was speaking at the opening of the Sexual Offences Court at the Booysen Magistrate’s Court in Johannesburg.

President Ramaphosa also signed a declaration emanating from the 2018 Presidential Summit on Gender Based Violence where women raised concerns over the high prevalence of abuse against women.

The state-of-the-art court cost over R240 million to construct. Ramaphosa says despite the best laws in the country, women are still being abused.

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