President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced initiatives to address gender-based violence and welcomed suggestion from Members of Parliament (MPs) on how they can play their part.
Ramaphosa put forward a number of initiatives to combat femicide and violence against women and children at a joint sitting of the National Assembly and NCOP in Parliament on Wednesday.
One of those initiatives the president said would be to get private sector to put their money where their mouths were and donate to the cause.
Ramphosa said government would be setting up a fund to help address the scourge of gender-based violence and femicide.
“I believe this is a worthy cause that the private sector can fund, and I will be requesting them to give money to this fund so that they can also lend a hand,” said Ramaphosa.
Opposition party’s suggestions were welcomed by the president at the end of the debate.
Ramaphosa also called on laws dealing with gender-based violence and abuse to be revisited and tightened by lawmakers to ensure that perpetrators were taken off the streets for good.
“In Parliament let’s set up these committees that we’re talking about, let us take forward the discussion in those committees or ad hoc committees and let us take the discussions also as we craft legislation,” he said.
It will now be up to MPs to bring an end to the talking and come up with tangible plans.
Koketso Ramorei is a journalist and news editor of SADC News with years of experience in a number of genres including sports, politics and community reporting. He has worked for a numerous publications including The Citizen Newspaper and is a former editor of a Johannesburg-based off-campus publication called The Waldorfian Times.