Asanda Matlhare
Intern Journalist
2 minute read
13 Jan 2021
4:55 am

Call to take action on SA’s ‘second pandemic’

Asanda Matlhare

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Gender-based violence (GBV) and femicide being labelled the country’s second pandemic is not enough, experts said after President Cyril Ramaphosa’s address to the nation on Monday. Ramaphosa added that even as the country was trying to find solutions to the coronavirus pandemic, it must never be forgotten that GBV and femicide was still a huge problem. Executive scientist and former unit director of the Gender and Health Unit of the South Africa Medical Research Council professor Rachel Jewkes said the president acknowledging GBV was the first step to tackling it. “I think it’s excellent that the president of South Africa...