Johannesburg - President Cyril Ramaphosa has finally broken his silence on the brutal murders of UCT student Uyinene Mrwetyana, female boxing champion Leighandre Jegels and Northwood Primary pupil Janika Mallo, saying South Africans should hang their heads in shame.
"The murder of these two young women, one at the hands of a stranger and the other killed by a man who was reportedly her boyfriend, remain a stark reminder that the women of South Africa are not safe, either in their homes or in the streets.
“This is a very dark period for us as a country. The assaults, rapes and murders of South African women are a stain on our national conscience," Ramaphosa said in a statement.
He further added that: “We have just commemorated Women’s Month. Sixty three years after the women of 1956 marched for the right to live in freedom, women in this country live in fear - not of the apartheid police but of their brothers, sons, fathers and uncles. We should all hang our heads in shame”
Ramaphosa commended the country’s law enforcement authorities for their action which led to the arrests of two suspects linked to Mrwetyana and Jegels' murders and sent his deepest condolences to the victims' families.
The president confirmed he will be meeting with the SAPS leadership later on Tuesday to be briefed on steps being taken to deal with the violence.
Ramaphosa's reaction comes after various reports emerged over the weekend and Monday over the brutal murders of the three young women.