South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa has said there is no place for abusers in his country, during his address at the launch of 16 days of activism against women and children abuse.
“Violence against women is not a problem of women. It is a problem of men. Our message to those who abuse women and children is abundantly clear: there is no place in our society for you,” Ramaphosa said.
“It is to the good and decent men and boys out there, who would not even dream of hurting, disrespecting or abusing a woman, that I direct my message today,” he added.
President Ramaphosa made the remarks at an event to mark the official commencement of the 16 Days of Activism for no Violence Against Women and Children campaign, held in Lephalale, Limpopo, on Monday.
Ramaphosa said progress is being made in putting an end to gender based violence in South Africa.
“Thuthuzela Care Centres are being expanded, with three new centres planned. Of the four in Limpopo, two are fully operational and we will be working with the National Prosecuting Authority to ensure they are all capacitated,” he said.
Two months ago, South Africa’s Presidency announced an Emergency Action Plan that has seen R1.6 billion of government funding reprioritised towards programmes to tackle gender-based violence.
The plan aims at improving access to justice for survivors, prevention campaigns to change attitudes and behaviour, measures to strengthen the criminal justice system, and the creation of economic opportunities for women who are vulnerable to abuse.
President Ramaphosa has said that since the plan was initiated, he has been receiving regular weekly updates on government’s work.