Women's Network condemns domestic violence

The DA’s Women’s Network calls for an end to violence against women and children.

FILE: The DA’s Women’s Network calls for an end to violence against women and children.

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA)'s Women's Network says South Africa will not be free until violence against women and children comes to an end.

The network held candle light vigils across the country on Friday in memory of South African women and children who suffered gender base violence this year.

One of the gatherings took place at the Delft police station in memory of a nine-year-old girl who died in hospital after she was raped and set alight.

The network's Denise Robinson says, "While we celebrate, it is also a time for us to stand up and say how far has South Africa come? We should be celebrating freedom and equality and yet we know that one woman is being raped every four minutes that almost makes a sham of our constitutional right."