SA calls for state of emergency on femicide

We are a country at war with our women and children- Michelle Craig, Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - The Department of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities has joined a chorus of voices condemning the killing of women in South Africa.

More than 200,000 South Africans have signed a petition calling on Parliament to declare gender-based violence a state of emergency in the country.

South Africa had the fourth highest female interpersonal violence death rate out of the 183 countries, according to the World Health Organisation.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has described the latest deaths of women from gender-based violence as a dark period and a stain on the nation's conscience.

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The murders of UCT student Uyinene Mrwetyana and boxer Leighhandre Jegels are just the latest to shock the country.

Mrwetyana was raped and killed while collecting a parcel from the post office, while Jegels was murdered by a man believed to have been her partner.

Ramaphosa signed a Declaration on Gender-Based Violence and Femicide with civil society earlier this year.

The statement by the Presidency also conveyed condolences to the families of the victims.

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Meanwhile, DA leader Mmusi Maimane said men need to hold each other accountable over the treatment of women.


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