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President Ramaphosa Condemns Brutal Killing Of Women, Children In South Africa

President Ramaphosa Condemns Brutal Killing Of Women, Children In South Africa

South Africa is under siege, with the number of women dying in the hands of men increasing since the easing of lockdown regulations under level 3, President Cyril Ramaphosa noted. The President has since called for South Africans to end the culture of silence and report perpetrators to the South African Police Service (SAPS). The […]

Sex Worker Dies In Police Custody

Sex Worker Dies In Police Custody

A 39-year-old sex worker died in police custody in April this year. Now, two investigations have been opened into her death by alleged suicide. She is the 12th person to die following police action during the lockdown. The death of sex worker Elma Robyn Montsumi at Mowbray police station in April this year has raised […]

Over 1400 GBV, Domestic Abuse Cases Opened In Gauteng During Level 5 Lockdown

Over 1400 GBV, Domestic Abuse Cases Opened In Gauteng During Level 5 Lockdown

Gauteng police have opened 1 426 cases linked to gender-based violence (GBV) and domestic abuse since Level 5 lockdown was implemented. The majority of cases were reported in the Johannesburg police area, followed by Tshwane, Sedibeng, the West Rand and Ekurhuleni. Johannesburg police stations registered 295 cases of GBV and domestic violence, Tshwane 365, Sedibeng […]

Advocating For Women, Youth and Persons With Disabilities During COVID

Advocating For Women, Youth and Persons With Disabilities During COVID

The Department of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities is continuing to advocate for the sector to have access to economic opportunities during the nationwide lockdown. “We have been working closely with the legal workstreams looking at the regulations in relation to women, persons with disability and youth. We have had to work closely with […]

Domestic Violence Incidents Decrease In South Africa

Domestic Violence Incidents Decrease In South Africa

The COVID-19 lockdown has seen domestic violence-related crimes decrease significantly since the introduction of the National State of Disaster regulations. These are crimes related to – but not limited to – murder, attempted murder, rape and sexual assault. This much was on Wednesday revealed by Police Minister Bheki Cele during a visit to KwaZulu-Natal to […]

South Africa Needs To Mitigate The Worst Of Its inequalities In Tackling Coronavirus

South Africa Needs To Mitigate The Worst Of Its inequalities In Tackling Coronavirus

As South Africa entered its 21-day lockdown, the political message was that South Africans were all in it together. However, it is clear that while society has been united politically to fight COVID-19, there are extreme and persistent economic and social inequalities. The lockdown confines everyone to their home for three weeks. But what does this […]

GBV Command Centre Has Received Close to 12 000 Calls In South Africa

GBV Command Centre Has Received Close to 12 000 Calls In South Africa

The gender-based violence (GBV) command centre has received close to 12 000 calls since President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the national lockdown. However, only a small percentage of the calls are actually related to GBV. Statistics from the centre revealed that, from 1 to 26 of March, the command centre received 4 494 calls, 208 Please […]

Ramaphosa Appoints Special AU Envoys, Including Trevor Manuel, To Secure Economic Support For Africa

Ramaphosa Appoints Special AU Envoys, Including Trevor Manuel, To Secure Economic Support For Africa

President Cyril Ramaphosa, in his capacity as chairperson of the African Union (AU), has appointed former finance minister Trevor Manuel, among others, to garner international support to address the economic challenges that Africa faces because of Covid-19. In a statement on Sunday, Ramaphosa announced the special envoy of the AU would be tasked with soliciting […]

Ramaphosa Extends Coronavirus Lockdown, Slashes Cabinet Ministers’ Salaries

Ramaphosa Extends Coronavirus Lockdown, Slashes Cabinet Ministers’ Salaries

South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa has extended the country’s coronavirus lockdown by another two weeks, effectively closing down free movement and much of the economy until the end of April. He also announced a temporary 33 per cent pay cut for himself and members of his Cabinet and appealed to business executives to follow their […]

Govt Confirms 2 Deaths From COVID-19

Govt Confirms 2 Deaths From COVID-19

 The Minister of Health Zweli Mkhize confirmed that two people died of COVID-19. “This morning we wake South Africans up with sad news that we now have our first deaths resulting from COVID-19,” Mkhize said.   One at a private hospital and another at a public hospital in the Western Cape. “We will give more […]