The government has taken measures to tighten perceived “loopholes” in the country’s legislation against gender-based violence (GBV). The decision follows public calls to action after a series of murders and attacks on women and children over the past year. President Cyril Ramaphosa also acknowledged recent victims of GBV including Uyinene Mrwetyana, Leighandre Jegels, and Jesse Hess, and said in his weekly press release to the public: “Over the six months of its implementation, public spending in various government departments was reprioritised to support interventions for care and support for survivors, for awareness and prevention campaigns, to improve laws and policies, to promote the economic empowerment of women, and to strengthen the criminal justice system … The sad reality is that many survivors of gender-based violence have lost faith in the criminal justice system … These Bills, once finalised, will help to restore the confidence of our country’s women that the law is indeed there to protect them.”
Tshegofatso Pule, who was was found stabbed and hanged from a tree in a veld in Roodepoort, has become a beacon in the struggle against gender-based violence (GBV). The death of … Read more »
The system of patriarchy and its ills, through the sexist application of the common law doctrine of common purpose, has been chipped away. The South African law of common purpose … Read more »
Miss South Africa Zozibini Tunzi has launched the #HeForShe campaign to mobilize men to stand together with women in the struggle against gender-based violence and the creation of … Read more »
The “brutal” stabbing and death of University of KwaZulu-Natal student Sinethemba Ndlovu has caused outrage and comes a at time when gender-based violence in the country has … Read more »
#AmINext protesters wearing black in support of the fight against gender-based violence take demonstrations to the gates of Parliament (file photo).