Johannesburg - The ANC Women's League (ANCWL) on Wednesday joined the growing calls for President Cyril Ramaphosa to declare a state of emergency on gender-based violence, saying the scourge is a national crisis.
This as outcry continues in the wake of more attacks on women and children nationwide in recent weeks.
South Africa was left reeling following news of the murders of Meghan Cremer, Lynette Volschenk, Leighandre "Baby Lee" Jegels, Janika Mallo, Uyinene Mrwetyana and Jesse Hess to name a few. Government has been slammed for inaction in the wake of these and other attacks.
The ANCWL in a statement said: "South Africans we have marched, we have issued statements and we have had summits on violence against women and children and yet the scourge continues. A report released by the Stats SA in June 2018 indicated a drastic increase in the murder rate of women, amounting to a 117% increase between the period of 2015 to 2017. The numbers of women who have encountered rape has escalated from 31 665 in 2015 to 70,813 in 2017, which is a 53% increase.
"The numbers have been escalating despite our efforts and that of civil society, political formations and the public at large. Hence as the ANCWL we believe that we must go deepen our campaigns and efforts in dealing with this scourge. We need to confront violence against women and children with the same viciousness it presents to us.