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Where are your GBV laws, Ramaphosa?

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Last year, Ramaphosa promised a war on GBV, committing government spending of R1.5 billion. But where has that money gone and what has been done?


19 Jun 2020
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Where are your GBV laws, Ramaphosa?

Residents from Eersterust in Pretoria can be seen during a march to the home of Evelyn de Kock who was found dead on Sunday, 16 June 2020. Picture: Jacques Nelles

President Cyril Ramaphosa was sombre on Wednesday when he lashed femicide and gender-based violence (GBV). But it was a refrain we have heard many times before. In September last year, Ramaphosa promised a war on GBV, committing government spending of R1.5 billion to the campaign. But where has that money gone and what has been done? The easy answer is: who knows; and … very little. On Wednesday night, Ramaphosa urged parliament to process GBV-related legislation without delay, implying that our lawmakers were sitting on their hands. Yesterday, in parliament, it turned out no such Bills have been put forward...

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