President Cyril Ramaphosa urges young men to take a stand in the struggle against Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in South Africa as the country gears up for Youth Day celebrations on 16 June.
“While this needs society-wide action, I call on young men in particular to take up the struggle against gender-based violence. Unless we end the war that is being waged against South African women, the dream of a new society will remain elusive,” he said.
Ramaphosa says like all South Africans, he is deeply disturbed by a surge over the last few days in the murder of young women at the hands of men.
“These are shocking acts of inhumanity that have no place in our society,” he said.
He also adds that Youth-led civic activism, awareness raising and peer counselling are vital tools in the country’s efforts to eradicate gender-based violence from society.
“At the same time we must strengthen our justice system, ensuring that perpetrators are brought to book , bail and parole conditions are tightened and that those sentenced to life spend the rest of their lives behind bars,” he said.