SONA 2020: GBVF intervention underway and Domestic Violence Act to be amended
President Cyril Ramaphosa says intervention is being taken in conjunction with civil society to address gender-based violence (GBV) at the State of The Nation Adress held on Thursday night before a joint sitting of the two houses of Parliament.
We have come together, as government and civil society, as communities and faith-based groupings, to confront the violence that is perpetrated by men against women.— President Cyril Ramaphosa
Ramaphosa further expressed that unity in fighting the scourge will yield success in tackling GBV.
Through building social compacts across society to fight this scourge we will be able to achieve much more.— President Cyril Ramaphosa
Other plans lined up to address GBV include:
• The implementation of the emergency action plan first announced in September last year outlining intervention measures to be taken and reprioritised R1.6 billion set aside to support this plan until the end of the current financial year in March.
• Plans to amend the Domestic Violence Act to protect victims of domestic violence and a review of the Sexual Offences Act to broaden the categories of sex offenders to include names of offenders that should be included in the National Register for Sex Offenders.
• A law is also due to be passed to ensure stringency on bail and sentencing condition in GBV cases.
Ramaphosa said that there has been progress in several interventions.