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'SA has a responsibility to women'

Angie Motshekga says the responsibility of protecting women in SA doesn't lie with government alone.

Basic Education Minister and member of the ANC Women's League Angie Motshekga. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) Women's League says the public has a responsibility to create a safe environment for women in this country.

Saturday marked International Women's Day, with a number of events being held around the world.

The league's Angie Motshekga says the responsibility of protecting women doesn't lie with government alone.

"It's really about us and not only government alone. There are lots of government can do; it can pass legislation, it can sentence people who commit crimes against women but by the time there's sentencing it's too late. There has to be prevention before it even starts."

REEVA STEENKAMP

The ANC Women's League also says it supports Reeva Steenkamp's family and believes justice will prevail in the end.

The Oscar Pistorius murder trial got underway at the High Court in Pretoria on Monday.

The Paralympian shot and killed 29-year-old Steenkamp at his luxury Pretoria estate on Valentine's Day last year.

Motshekga says the law should take its course.

"That is a representation of what women experience in their homes, where they lock themselves in bathrooms because they fear for their lives. That's the common life of women. We'll go there [to court], be consistent and support them all the way."