Ramaphosa urges men to speak out against child murders, domestic violence and rape

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has made an impassioned plea to the country’s men to take the lead in acting and speaking out against child murders, domestic violence and rape, as was recorded in the latest crime statistics.

He made the plea in his weekly letter to the nation.

It comes a week before the launch of the annual 16 days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children campaign.

Ramaphosa says the latest crime statistics reveal that South Africa is in the grip of a relentless war against the abuse of women and children.

He says if each man gathers two others and the three pledge to never rape or lay a hand on a woman and hold each other accountable, serious progress will be made in tackling gender-based violence.

Ramaphosa says men need to play a present role in their families, teaching their sons the values of positive masculinity.

He has urged male educators in positions of authority to create safe spaces in institutions for women and girls and desist from abusing their authority by seeking sexual favours.

Child murders

On Friday, Police Minister Bheki Cele revealed the shocking statistics of the rising child murders in the country with more than 2 000 children killed in the last four years.

Cele said the children have been killed across the country with an assortment of weapons, and poisoning in some of the cases.

The police have been investigating these cases.

In the video below,  Cele releases crime statistics for 2021/2022 second quarter: