Hon House Chairperson, yesterday the Inkatha Freedom Party joined millions of men and women around the world in making the start of the 16 Days of Activism campaign for no-violence against women and children in Pietermaritzburg. The event coincided with shocking news that a Capricorn Tvet College student, Precious Ramabulana, was stabbed to death over the weekend in Limpopo. South Africa is one of the most
dangerous countries for women and children to live in. This must change.
The IFP believes that in order to bid South Africa's high levels of violence against women and children, we need the following: We need to introduce a gender equality module into the school curriculum; we need a social worker in every community, especially at schools where violence is rive; we need rape kit at all police stations; we must restore discipline at schools and in the home; we need to lead a campaign of moral revival in our communities; and we need greater accountability from departments that fail the most vulnerable, starting with the Department of Social Development, Police, Justice and Constitutional Development.
As we commence the 16 Days of Activism campaign, the IFP calls on every South African and in particular all of us men in the House to commit ourselves fully. Thank you. [Applause.] [Time expired.]