As part of his Heritage Day address, President Cyril Ramaphosa bemoaned the scourge of gender-based violence and said that such crimes are not part of the country’s heritage
The country celebrated Heritage Day on Thursday and social media was flooded with images of citizens looking vibrant in colourful traditional outfits.
People also posted videos of themselves taking up the #JerusalemaChallenge, as requested by the country’s number one during his earlier announcement on the move lockdown level 1.
But it was serious business when the president addressed the country on Heritage Day and gender-based violence was at the top of his agenda.
Ramaphosa said: “So long as this country’s women and children live in fear from violence, we cannot regard ourselves as totally free.
“So long as women are being harassed, abused, beaten, raped and murdered, we cannot say we are a civilised society.”
The president hailed the contributions of women to building and shaping societies.
“They have ruled kingdoms. They have been highly respected and valued. We must put an end to this terrible shame that is tainting the image of our country,” he said.
He went on to say: “When you oppress a woman, you oppress a nation. When you beat a woman, you beat a nation.”
Ramaphosa also made reference to the recent Clicks saga, at the centre of which was a hair product advert deemed to be racist and offensive by many who saw it.
He said: “We must stand firm against attempts to disrespect our country’s women through crude forms of representation in the media, in advertising and in popular culture.
“The social cohesion we seek in this country means we must be mindful of the legacy of our past, whether we are businesses selling products, whether we are producers of content for television, or otherwise.”
Earlier this month, Ramaphosa announced that three key pieces of legislation had been introduced in parliament to further aid in the fight against GBV.
“The three amendment Bills are designed to fill the gaps that allow some perpetrators of these crimes to evade justice and to give full effect to the rights of our country’s women and children.”
He acknowledged that “many survivors of gender-based violence have lost faith in the criminal justice system.”
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“When you beat a woman, you beat a nation” – President Ramaphosa condemns GBV in Heritage Day address
As part of his Heritage Day address, President Cyril Ramaphosa bemoaned the scourge of gender-based violence and said that such crimes are not part of the country’s heritage…