‘Women want no bail, never any parole’ for rapists, killers of women – Ramaphosa listens at gates of Parliament
President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday promised a sea of women outside the gates of Parliament that he would address the nation in a “very clear and definite way” on how the government would fight gender-based violence.
Protesters decorated the gates of Parliament with flowers, posters and letters detailing their appeals and experiences.
“Yes, all of us have had enough of this,” he told thousands of protesters calling for intervention on violence against women.
“We are now going to take action.”
Initially met with a hostile reception after telling protesters “I know what you are all going through”, he was later applauded by the crowd after announcing that he would be addressing the issue in a public address later in the day.
He promised that he would also address the demand for a state of emergency.
“I agree completely that the killing of women must be brought to an end here in SA. We want the men of this country to take responsibility for the slaughtering of the women of our nation. We want the men of our country to stop raping the women of our country,” he said.
“We are going to be taking a firm stand. We are essentially drawing a line in the sand to make sure that as a nation and as a government we heighten the protection, defence and the safety of the women of our nation.”
This would include measures like harsher penalties for crimes against women, he vowed.
“Because men who rape women, who kill women, do not belong in society. They belong behind bars.”
“We will also be advocating and changing the laws so that once you have raped a woman you get life. And life must mean life. If you are arrested for rape or killing a woman, you must get no bail. If you have raped and killed a woman, there should never be any parole.”
President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation on the matter of public and gender-based violence in a message that will be broadcast on radio and television at 18h00 today, Thursday 05 September 2019.
— SA Gov News (@SAgovnews) September 5, 2019
Ramaphosa said he would be travelling to the Eastern Cape on Friday to meet with the loved ones of murdered University of Cape Town student Uyinene Mrwetyana, 19, who was raped and killed by an employee of the Clareinch post office in Claremont, Cape Town last Monday.
Thousands of women and a number of men dressed in black protested outside the gates of Parliament on Thursday morning.
President @CyrilRamaphosa will this evening address the nation on gender-based violence & femicide and incidents of public violence. The address will be carried on TV and radio stations at 18h00.
— PresidencyZA (@PresidencyZA) September 5, 2019