Cape Town - African leaders needed to "call a crime a crime" and stop adopting a "business as usual" attitude as physical and sexual violence perpetrated against women on the continent continued unabated, the World Economic Forum on Africa heard.
Four experts addressed a briefing at the WEFA on Thursday decried the lack of action in eradicating the scourge of violence as protests continued across South Africa following the death of another young girl - University of Cape Town student Uyinene Mrwetyana, who was raped and murdered while picking up a parcel at the post office.
Associate Dean at John Hopkins University, Akudo Anyanwu, said heads of state needed to take a position.
"We need to have our leaders come out and call crimes a crime."
Cape Town-based Namhla Mniki-Mangaliso, director of NGO African Monitor, decried the fact that government and political leadership was sorely missing during a time of deep pain and crisis for South African women.