Abusing Women Will Never Be Our Heritage: Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa virtually addressed the nation in celebration of Heritage Day while also raising awareness on the current issue of Gender Based Violence faced by the country.
Under the theme “celebrating South Africa’s living human treasures”. The president said Heritage Day is the time to appreciate the many facts of our cultures and traditions, it is the time we put them in display to appreciate, celebrate and share our cultures and traditions with others.
Ramaphosa proclaimed a firm message against GBV faced by the country saying it is important for the country to actively preserve its heritage, starting with respecting women and children.
“So long as this country’s women and children live in fear from violence, we cannot regard ourselves as totally free. So long as women are being harassed, abused, beaten raped and murdered we cannot say we are a civilized society.” Said the President.
The president added that abusing women is not our tradition, nor it is our custom it is not and will never be our heritage. According to President Ramaphosa, women have built and shaped our societies throughout our continent.
Zininzi Mbanjwa said that, “The President is not doing much to protect us as women and children in this country, he just talked in passing he was not addressing the issue. Ramaphosa needs to do more as this is a pandemic that we are facing, he needs to take a step and bring harsher punishments to the perpetrators.”
Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa made a call that the country should celebrate and honor all the living treasures who continue to inspire us, fill us with pride and affirm our collective sense of self.
Ramaphosa applauded those seeking traditional medicinal techniques to help find a cure to the coronavirus as South Africa is amongst the top ten countries with the most COVID-19 cases, having recorded over 665 000 infections.