MPs call for decisive action on femicide

The Minister for Women and Youth Maite Nkoana-Mashabane implored families to be more involved. Courtesy of #DSTV403

JOHANNESBURG - The increase in the number of cases of femicide and abuse of children has been dubbed a national crisis.

The Minister for Women and Youth addressed a joint sitting of the National Assembly, discussing Women's Day and institutionalism.

Maite Nkoana-Mashabane implored families to be more involved and engaging with their children as part of laying a solid non-violent foundation for society.

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The ACDP has called on the justice system to act swiftly and decisively against those found guilty of gruesome crimes against women and children.

Jesse Hess, Leighandra Jegels, Janika Mallo, Lynette Volschenk, Meghan Cremer, Uyinene Mrwetyana are just a few of the women raped and murdered recently.

During a debate in the National Assembly, Marie Sukers told MPs to come together and forget party politics.

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"It is a crisis of leadership for me and for you. Today is that day, not tomorrow, today is that day."

Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille also weighed in, saying she wants harsher sentences for those who assault and murder women.

She is calling for changes to the Criminal Procedure Act.

"The scourge of violence against women and children in this country is appalling," she said.

Parliamentarians call for strong action against perpetrators of gender-based violence


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