President Cyril Ramaphosa says the generation of today has the ability to empower and speak out against injustices which is a critical element in the fight against Gender-based violence.
Ramaphosa says such qualities were seen during the fees must fall protests and against the killing of George Floyd in the United States.
The President, in his capacity as African National Congress (ANC) leader, was speaking to the nation via a televised address as the world embraces the Black Lives Matter movement and the country marks Youth Day.
The President adds that government will strengthen laws to provide greater protection to victims of gender-based violence and ensure lengthy jail sentences for perpetrators.
“Government is strengthening laws to provide greater protection and support for survivors and increase sentences for perpetrators. We are rolling out more sexual offences courts and providing more training for law enforcement officers. Young people, when you know your friends or relatives are victims, be compassionate and do not judge. Let victims be your guide on how to tackle their situation. Share widely information about professional support available in your community as well as at your educational institutions.”
Ramaphosa also called on the youth, particularly young men in the country, to take up the struggle against GBV.
This comes in the wake of the killing of Tshegofatso Pule, Naledi Phangindawo and Nompumeleo Tshaka, among other women. A number of reports of attacks on women and children have surfaced since the country entered Level 3 of the national lockdown.
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