‘Jail them for life’: Cyril vows to get tough on gender-based violence
President reveals measures to fight the scourge after thousands of women march to parliament to demand he act
President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced a host of measures against gender-based violence in the wake of protests against the increasing rate of rape and femicide in the country.
Addressing the nation in a prerecorded address on Thursday evening, Ramaphosa said the government would overhaul and modernise the national sex-offender register and he would ask parliament to consider amending the legislation to make the register public.
“I will propose to cabinet that all crimes against women and children should attract harsher minimum sentences. We agree with the women of the country that the state should oppose bail and parole for perpetrators of rape and murder against women and children,” Ramaphosa said. ..