21 February 2019

South Africa: Fight Against Gender-Based Violence Still Not Receiving Real Government Attention, or Money

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President Cyril Ramaphosa said he would act on gender-based violence. His government has failed, say civil society groups, when it was time to cough up the money.

When President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed #TotalShutdown protesters in August and heard from women who had survived abuse, he said he was ashamed at how men act, denying women their constitutional rights as they are "violated, abused, assaulted and a number are also killed".

At the National Summit Against Gender-Based Violence and Femicide in November 2018, he railed against the social, economic and political effects of patriarchy and committed to fighting femicide.

"We cannot, should not, and will not stop until we put an end to this scourge," he said to applause.

In the State of the Nation Address (SONA) in February 2019, he spoke of action.

"We have listened to the call to make funds available to combat gender-based violence, and have allocated funding in the current Budget to support the decisions taken at the summit."

Not quite.

Civil society groups say Finance Minister Tito Mboweni's Budget, tabled in Parliament on Tuesday, failed to allocate resources to confront gender-based violence (GBV), exposing Ramaphosa's hollow commitments.

"It appears that President Ramaphosa was merely paying...

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