December 7, 2021

Cyril Ramaphosa: Men must take oath not to rape, hurt

Of the nearly 73,000 assault cases reported, more than 13,000 were related to domestic violence. The rate of child homicides has risen by almost a third compared to the previous reporting period.

Cyril Ramaphosa: Mans moet eed aflê om nie te verkrag, leed doen

Cyril Ramaphosa: Men must take oath not to rape, hurt

President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday expressed his dismay with the latest statistics on rape and gender-based violence and now calls on men to take an oath not to rape women and children or to harm them.

South Africa is in the grip of a “relentless war” being waged against the bodies of women and children, President Cyril Ramaphosa lamented in his weekly newsletter issued on Monday.

The latest crime statistics have revealed an increase in rape, domestic violence and child homicides. Between July and September 2021, 9,556 people, most of whom were women, were raped. This was a 7% increase in rape compared to the previous reporting period.

Of the nearly 73,000 assault cases reported, more than 13,000 were related to domestic violence. The rate of child homicides has risen by almost a third compared to the previous reporting period.

Commenting on the latest crime statistics released by Police Minister Bheki Cele on Friday, Ramaphosa called on men to stand together in a promise to hold each other accountable so as not to harm women.

“If a nation’s character can be judged by how it treats women and children, then we are desperately lacking.”

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