President promises to do more after the most deadly month for violent crimes against women country has ever seen.
Written by Robin-Lee Francke, The Guardian
Thousands of South African women took to the streets on Thursday to protest at the government’s failure to deal with rising violence against women in the wake of a string of brutal attacks that have shocked the country.
Women from across South African society marched to parliament in Cape Town dressed in black and purple in commemoration of those who lost their lives in August, the most deadly month for violent crimes against women the country has ever seen.
At least 137 sexual offences are committed per day in South Africa, mainly against women, according to official figures. This week the women’s minister, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, said more than 30 women were killed by their spouses last month.
Protesters are planning a national shutdown of the country on Friday and are calling for a state of emergency to be declared.