Deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa is set to appear before the National Assembly later today where he will, amongst other things, prioritise a discussion surrounding the recent increase in crimes against women.
Ramaphosa will be fielding question from members of parliament surrounding recommendations made by the Presidential Review Commission on State-owned enterprises in his final question-and-answer session for this term. However, a statement released by Ramaphosa’s office shares that he will also be touching on certain key talking points which have appeared across the South African media landscape as of late.
"Deputy President Ramaphosa is expected to reassure the nation of measures underway through various ministries and civil society to eliminate violence against women and children”, reads the statement by spokesperson Ronnie Mamoepa.
This follows a recent spike in the coverage of brutal violence against women with at least two cases having garnered national attention.
The brutal burning of 22-year-old Karabo Mokoena by her ex-boyfriend in the Gauteng province and the rape and murder of 21-year-old Hannah Cornelius in the Western Cape are but two incidents where women have fallen victim to severe crimes in recent months.
Mokoena’s body was charred beyond recognition, while Cornelius’ body had several stab wounds and strangulation marks along her throat.
The SAPS have begun initiatives to fight what is being widely referred to as femicide or feminicide.