By: Kaya 959 News
President Cyril Ramaphosa has lauded the work being done by traditional leaders in fighting the second pandemic facing SA – Gender-Based Violence and other harmful cultural practices.
Ramaphosa says traditional leaders assisted the government in procuring personal protective equipment and distributing food parcels to the vulnerable.
The president was addressing the annual House of Traditional Leaders on Thursday. He said the leaders have also helped to fight the two pandemics.
Ramaphosa spoke about how severe GBV is in South Africa.
Hundreds of women die at the hands of their partners every year in South Africa, and thousands experience abuse.
A report published in soulcity.org from the Medical Research Council (MRC) in three provinces of South Africa showed that one in four women in the general
population has experienced physical violence in their life.
The President says violence remains a massive problem in our country and threatens the health and safety of women and children.
He has expressed his appreciation to the traditional leaders – adding that they have become solution-driven in matters affecting the country.