Woman and child abuse raises massive concerns in South Africa
The South African president, Cyril Ramaphosa, has admitted the country is facing a national crisis of violence against women as protesters took to the streets for a third successive day.
Ramaphosa addressed the nation on Thursday evening with a plan of action to curb the scourge of gender-based violence, including a proposal to make a register of offenders public. He claimed laws would be reviewed in parliament imminently.
Women have called for the death penalty to be reinstated for perpetrators of violence against women and children and for a state of emergency to be declared.
“We are reviewing laws on domestic violence and sexual offences to prioritise the needs and interests of survivors,” Ramaphosa said.
“We are going to overhaul and modernise the national register of gender-based violence offenders provided for in the sexual offences act to ensure it is effective in combating gender-based violence.