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BLOG: Gender-based violence is a men's issue, says Ramaphosa

President Cyril Ramaphosa has called the levels of violence against women a state of emergency.

Ramaphosa concludes by urging all South Africans to unite in addressing the sporadic unrests the country is facing. 

Ramaphosa: This is a time for calm. It is a time for all of us who live in this beautiful country to confront our challenges, not through violence, but through dialogue. 

Since Sunday, 423 people have arrested for violence-related offences in Gauteng. 

Ramaphosa: We commend our law enforcement and security agencies who have acted swiftly in dealing with the unrests in the CBD and other places. 

The president says there is no excuse or justification of the recent xenophobic attacks or looting. 

No amount of anger can justify these actions, says Ramaphosa. 

Ramaphosa: People have lost their lives and many have been injured. Families have been traumatised and livelihoods have been destroyed. 

Ramphosa now addressing the attacks on foreign nationals and own citizens over the past few days. 

As South African men, let us take responsibility for our actions.

Ramaphosa says we must raise boys to respect women. 

Ramaphosa: Violence against women is not a women's problem. It is men's problems. The obligation is on men to end such crimes and speak out. 

We will implement a multi-faced plan to address gener-based violence in schools. 

Ramaphosa says they will set up response teams to help deal with GBV in the country. 

"State should oppose bail for perpertrators of gender-based violence."

The president will also visit Mrwetyana's family in the Eastern Cape, saying "we need emergency measures in place to protect women".


Ramaphosa said he will address the following: declaration of a state of emergency and harsher penalties for perpetrators.  

This comes after the killings of Leighandre Jegels, Uyinene Mrwetyana and Janika Mello.

Ramaphosa made the announcement outside Parliament in Cape Town in front of protesters.

Hello and welcome to EWN's live blog on President Cyril Ramaphosa's address to the nation on gender-based violence.