Following a letter I wrote to the Speaker of the National Assembly, Max Sisulu, the programming committee has scheduled a debate on how we can work together 'to ensure the safety and security of women and children.'
The DA welcomes the fact that political parties can put politics aside and work together to bring the issues facing South Africans, to the floor of Parliament.
Last month alone, 4 children in Gauteng were murdered brutally- an incident which gripped South Africa with despair and fear. It is important that Parliament asserts itself and remains at the forefront of seeking solutions to some of our country's social problems.
With violence against women and children on the rise, it has become clear that this is a multi-faceted problem which requires that different stakeholders work together to find sustainable solutions.
This is why I will be asking that all the ministers in the in the Peace and Security Cluster be present on Tuesday, to demonstrate leadership and table a clear plan of action for the fight against crime in South Africa.
The unspeakable murder of the Diepsloot toddlers and many others must serve as a wakeup call to our government and to this Parliament. Protecting the most vulnerable members of our communities should be a priority. This debate is certainly a step in the right direction.
Lindiwe Mazibuko, Parliamentary Leader of the Democratic Alliance