SA is one of the most unsafe places in the world for a woman to live: Ramaphosa

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President Cyril Ramaphosa says necessary amendments are needed to South Africa’s laws and policies to ensure that perpetrators of gender-based violence are dealt with.

The President has been addressing a joint sitting of both houses of Parliament.

Ramaphosa says government will have funding packages that will focus on interventions to curb gender-based violence.

“We will also complete the implementation of the decisions that were taken at last year’s presidential summit on gender-based violence and femicide.”

The President says the scourge of violence against women in the country reflects on a general problem with the fabric of South African society.

He says government will be implementing a number of mechanisms as part of various interventions to deal with the issue.

“South Africa is one of the most unsafe places in the world for a woman to live, the levels of violence that is comparable to countries that are at war. While it has its own causes and it is specific, gender based violence reflects a broader crisis of violence in our country.”