FS mayor raises concerns over #GBV

The scourge of violence against women and children has once again come in the spotlight.

This, after it emerged that the 18-year-old University of Cape Town (UCT) student who was murdered at Clifton beach over the weekend had become friends with Uyinene Mrwetyana – the student whose rape and murder at a post office last month sparked a nationwide outcry against gender-based violence.

The 19-year-old’s death sparked a massive outrage throughout the country leading President Cyril Ramaphosa to call an urgent parliamentary joint sitting where he vowed to raise funds to help victims of gender-based violence and announced a five-point emergency plan to address the scourge. While an interim committee in his office will have six months to implement the emergency plan, women in South Africa continue to unite and have their voices heard.

The Moqhaka Executive Mayor in the Free State, Lucky Phooko, has meanwhile expressed his concerns over incidents of femicide in the province and urged men to stand with women against abuse and refrain from victimising their female counterparts.

Ramaphosa’s five-point emergency plan to deal with gender-based violence is expected to include measures on how to strengthen the criminal justice system, measures to enhance the legal and policy framework, how to ensure adequate care support and healing for victims of gender-based violence, as well as measures on how to improve the economic empowerment of women.