Protests against GBV created revolution in consciousness – Ramaphosa

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President Cyril Ramaphosa did not encounter much resistance from MPs on Wednesday at a joint sitting of parliament, where he outlined some of his administration’s attitude and new approaches to combat gender-based violence in the country.

Ramaphosa said the “protests driven by women, and particularly by our young people, these past few weeks” evidenced a “revolution in consciousness” and presented an opportunity to decisively tackle the scourge of gender-based violence. Some novel ideas were put forth by members of various opposition parties, in addition to the plans outlined by the president, but many questioned whether much of what he said was more of the familiar cycle of endless talk and consultation and little in the way of concrete action.

Ramaphosa started by acknowledging the “dark and heavy shadow across our land”, saying “the women and children of this country are under siege”.

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