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Shabangu: Laws alone can't stop women abuse

This year’s women's month comes at the back drop of several cases of femicide in the country.

FILE: Minister of Women in the Presidency Susan Shabangu . Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The safety of women in South Africa is just one of many issues which have been thrust into the spotlight as the country marks National Women's Day.

On this day, 61 years ago, thousands of women marched on the Union Buildings in protest against pass laws.

This year’s Women's Month comes against the backdrop of several cases of femicide in the country including the recent killing of Karabo Mokoena by her boyfriend, which is one of many crimes that continue to highlight the scourge of women abuse in South Africa.

Speaking at a recent launch of a campaign by religious leaders against women abuse in Fourways, Minister for Women in the Presidency Susan Shabangu said the laws of this country alone cannot stop the crimes.

“Without the support and the leadership of the church being at the forefront like during the liberation struggle, we won’t succeed in fighting women abuse.”

Faith based organisations, civil society groups are using this month to raise awareness and change attitudes of men and boys towards gender based violence.