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SA calls for state of emergency on femicide

state of emergency on femicide

The Department of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities has joined a chorus of voices condemning the killing of women in South Africa. More than 200,000 South Africans have signed a petition calling on Parliament to declare gender-based violence a state of emergency in the country.

Uyinene Mrwetyana

South Africa had the fourth highest female interpersonal violence death rate out of the 183 countries, according to the World Health Organisation.

The murders of UCT student Uyinene Mrwetyana and boxer Leighhandre Jegels are just the latest to shock the country.

Mrwetyana was raped and killed while collecting a parcel from the post office, while Jegels was murdered by a man believed to have been her partner. Ramaphosa signed a Declaration on Gender-Based Violence and Femicide with civil society earlier this year. The statement by the Presidency also conveyed condolences to the families of the victims

Meanwhile, DA leader Mmusi Maimane said men need to hold each other accountable over the treatment of women.

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Source: eNCA


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