Deputy president calls on SA men to protect women

Cyril Ramaphosa has called on South African men to lead the campaign of no violence against women and children.

Deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa launched the campaign at the Rhema Bible Church in Randburg. Picture: Hitekani Magwedze/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has called on South African men to lead the campaign of no violence against women and children.

Ramaphosa says men should follow in the steps of former ANC president Oliver Tambo who spoke against the crime.

The deputy president is launching the campaign at the Rhema Bible Church in Randburg.

He says the attitude of mistreating women perpetuated by society rewarding men for being men needs to stop.

“We should reject the idea of women being the property of men.”

The deputy president says men must lead the campaign to protect women and change societal thinking.

“This arrangement known as patriarchy is not normal, it is constructed by people and can be taken apart.”

Ramaphosa has also condemned the blesser trend and blamed it for the rise in HIV and Aids infections among young women.