South African President Cyril Ramaphosa wants to make the fight against sexual violence one of his levers of governance. While feminicides and rapes are multiplying in his country the leader pleads for the hardening of the sentences afflicted to the rapists.
This statement by Ramaphosa comes after an umpteenth rape followed by murder in South Africa. Precious Ramabulana, aged 21, was found last week, stabbed to death by 52 stab wounds. At the bar on Monday in court, the suspect of this horrible assault was charged with rape, murder and robbery under aggravating circumstances. He did not argue for his defense.
Visiting the family of the victim on Sunday, President Cyril Ramaphosa expressed his full sympathy before promising that he was working on measures that would lead to the establishment of life imprisonment for anyone guilty of rape. « We will improve the criminal justice system to ensure that the perpetrators of these acts know that once arrested and found guilty, they must never see the light of day again, » he said. elsewhere, execrable public works for these defendants.
Remarks of a rare severity for the South African president, but which reflect the annoyance of Pretoria in the face of the violence perpetrated against women. In South Africa, violence has gained momentum in recent months, with one woman being murdered every three hours for some 110 rape cases each day. While these staggering figures have raised a wave of anger that has led to many demonstrations, sexual violence has also become a national cause.
President Ramaphosa, who himself described his country as « one of the most dangerous places in the world for a woman », recently launched an emergency plan with more than a billion and a half rand (100 million euros).