SA women don't feel safe - ANCWL

ANCWL marches against rape in the Western Cape on 21 February 2013. Picture: Chanel September/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The ANC Women's League on Thursday said perpetrators accused of rape, domestic violence and the murder of women and children should not be granted bail at all.

Members of the league marched to the Western Cape Provincial Legislature where they handed over a memorandum of concern earlier.

The march came just weeks after the gang-rape and murder of Anene Booysen in Bredasdorp and a day after a 23-year-old woman was repeatedly raped by 15 illegal miners in Carletonville, west of Johannesburg.

Booysen's murder sparked outrage throughout the country, with several groups launching campaigns.

Since then several women across the country have been killed by their partners.

The league said South African women should also feel safe in their own country.

League president Angie Motshekga said something should be done to put an end to violent crimes against women and children.

“We want to hand over that memorandum on Freedom Day to the president. We want to say as women, we don’t feel safe.”

Women, Children and People with Disabilities Minister Lulu Xingwana said, “We want to have the stiffest sentences that will act as a deterrent.”

Xingwana also believes issues around gun control need to be addressed.

She said if athlete Oscar Pistorius did not have a gun, Reeva Steenkamp, his girlfriend, may have been alive today.

Pistorius is accused of killing Steenkamp at his Silver Lakes home in Pretoria East on Valentine’s Day.