Hon Speaker, the ANC strongly condemns the continuous, horrendous and shocking levels of violence perpetrated against women and children. However, what is concerning is that despite the huge outcries and awareness campaigns, these gruesome crimes are continuing unabated. Moreover, the ANC notes that in most cases these brutal crimes are committed and perpetuated by people close to the victims, be it the victims' partners, relatives or respected members of their communities.
The ANC is of the view that tougher punishment should be meted out to those involved in violent crimes such as rape and murder. The ANC is therefore calling upon all South Africans to work with the law enforcement agencies by reporting such crimes, as well as advocating the revival and strengthening of special courts such as sexual offences courts, so as to ensure that justice is meted out to the perpetrators as speedily as possible. The ANC also wishes to thank the law enforcement agencies for the swift arrest of the perpetrators in some of these shocking cases. Let us unite in fighting crimes against women and children. Thank you. [Applause.]