South African President Not Happy with Surge in Murders Of WomenAfrican News, Featured, Latest News, News Around Africa Sunday, June 14th, 2020
South Africa’s president says it has been a “dark and shameful week” for his country following a surge in violence against women.
Cyril Ramaphosa’s remarks come after several femicides, including one woman who was eight months pregnant and found stabbed and hanging from a tree.
He noted they had occurred since some coronavirus restrictions were lifted, including a ban on the sale of alcohol.
The culture of silence around gender-based violence had to end, he said.
“Gender-based violence thrives in a climate of silence. With our silence, by looking the other way because we believe it is a personal or family matter, we become complicit in this most insidious of crimes,” President Ramaphosa said.
As many as 51% of women in South Africa had experienced violence at the hands of someone they were in a relationship with, the president’s statement said.//BBC
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