President Cyril Ramaphosa recently acknowledged that South Africa is one of the most dangerous places for women to live in as he deployed ministers to meet with community leaders to unravel the reason for increased crime in the country especially Gender Based Violence (GBV).
He said the government needs to understand the factors fuelling the terrible trend and that the evil trend must be nipped in the bud urgently.
However, it was revealed that the special sexual offences courts in the nation are underfunded making them work intermittently and ineffectively over the years.
The President shamefully accepted that for public faith in the criminal justice system to be maintained, gender-based violence needs to be treated with the urgency.
He hinted that government will be more committed to work in concert with the police and communities as more
resources have also been directed towards caring for survivors of abuse and toward changing men’s behaviour.
He noted that people must be courageous to report offenders as he referenced a recent case where a man could not be prosecuted for allegedly murdering his girlfriend because of a lack of evidence.