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Ramaphosa summons Parliament to discuss an action-plan against gbv

CHENUA ACHEBE

Sept. 17, 2019

The establishment of a Gender-Based Violence and Femicide Council and a National Strategic Plan will be put into play.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has summoned a Joint Sitting of the National Assembly and National Council of Provinces to discuss the plague of gender-based violence (gbv) and femicide.
The gbv plague will receive an action-plan as delegates put their heads together
The discussions will commence on Wednesday, 18 September and Ramaphosa has fully exercised his hand of power as the Constitution empowers him to call onto Parliament for a sitting if any “extraordinary” occurrences take place and “special business” needs to be conducted.
A letter to Parliament has been sent by the Presidency and further motivates the reasoning behind this special Joint Sitting of the National Assembly and National Council of Provinces.
“In the last two weeks, South Africa’s approach to violence perpetrated against women has changed fundamentally. We all have the responsibility to ensure that these events become the turning point in our fight against gender-based violence.”
This comes as a result of protests emerging from all corners of the country , demanding President Ramaphosa to urgently implement a plan of action as the gender-based violence plague continues to hover over South Africa.
Ramaphosa promised South African women , that government will intensify action against men who kill women and commit different forms of abuse against women and children.
Ramaphosa participates in a dialogue on femicide and gbv at the OR Tambo District
During Ramaphosa’s time in the Eastern Cape, he participated in a dialogue on femicide, gender-based violence and the killing of people with albinism in the OR Tambo district municipality, on Tuesday.
“Over the last weeks, this province has been shaken by brutal killings of women and acts of sexual violence. Ten days ago, I visited the families of three women from East London who had been murdered by men: Uyinene Mrwetyana, Leighandre Jegels and Angelique Clark-Abrahams. And just last week, we heard about a subject advisor in Lusikisiki who allegedly raped a six-year-old child.”
Parliament is scheduled to establish a National Strategic Plan
The President further noted that the government has a “concrete” plan of action that promises to make a difference in women’s lives and bring about justice.
“Violence against women is never the fault of women. It is men who rape and kill women, and it is, therefore, an obligation on the men of this country to speak out against violence, harassment and abuse.”
During the dialogue, Ramaphosa announced that the concrete plan will be discussed at the Joint Sitting of Parliament on Wednesday, which is scheduled to address the issue of gender-based violence and femicide; this dialogue played a role towards the establishment of the Gender-Based Violence and Femicide Council and a National Strategic Plan.
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