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Shabangu: Violence against women not a crisis, but a challenge

While South Africa has the most shocking statistics globally on violence against women, Minister Responsible for Women in The Presidency says she wouldn't call it a crisis.

FILE: Minister Responsible for Women in the Presidency Susan Shabangu launched a new report by the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation along with Oxfam in Johannesburg on Wednesday 30 August 2017. Picture: Thando Kubheka/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Minister Responsible for Women in the Presidency Susan Shabangu says violence against women is not a crisis but a challenge that must be tackled.

Shabangu was speaking at the launch of a new research by the Centre For the Study of Violence And Reconciliation together with Oxfam in Johannesburg on Wednesday.

The study has found that while the government has invested a number of resources in an attempt to stop the abuse of women, it remains a prevalent crime.

While South Africa has the most shocking statistics globally on violence against women Shabangu says she wouldn't call it a crisis.

“I don’t want to say we have a crisis in South Africa, we have a challenge. Because, if you call it a challenge we’ll be able to stand up and confront it.”

Shabangu says if South Africa wants to win the fight against the scourge it has to start at home.

“I don’t want to confine it to domestic violence only or gender-based violence. I want to look at a societal problem because violence is a societal problem.”

Gender-based activists and human rights organisations have called for a national plan to be established in order to protect the vulnerable.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)

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