‘Life sentence for men who rape and kill’ - Ramaphosa
After a long silence on the rape and killings of over 70 women in just 30 days, President Cyril Ramaphosa has declared a state of emergency. Addressing students in Cape Town earlier today, the President chanted and agreed that enough is enough. He assured the nation that parliament will ensure that harsher penalties will be sought for men who rape and kill women and children.
“Men must take responsibility for the slaughtering of children and women. I am drawing a line in the sand, taking a firm stand and I will ensure that protection, safety and the defence of women is heightened in this country. Men who violate others do not belong among us,” he vowed.
He added that government will advocate for change in laws that deal with such crimes to strengthen the criminal justice system. Police, prosecutors and the judicial system will be instructed that crimes against children and women must take priority and must be resolved without any delays.
“The pain of our women is immediate, I will increase the number of police that will deal with these cases,” he said after cutting short his sitting at the World Economic Forum on Africa in Cape Town to address protesting youth.