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South African President Cyril Ramaphosa urges men to unite against rape amid national crisis

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa urges men to unite against rape amid national crisis

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa urges men to unite against rape amid national crisis

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has used the launch of the African National Congress's election manifesto to call for an end to the country's rape crisis.

About 40,000 rapes are reported in South Africa every year, according to fact checking organisation Africa Check, but the actual number is thought to be much higher.

"We have made huge strides in improving the position of women in society … however, gender-based violence is a national crisis that we are determined to end, so that all South African women and girls may live in peace, safety and dignity," Mr Ramaphosa said.

Mr Ramaphosa called for better skilled police and prosecution authorities to "improve the capacity to investigate and prosecute all crimes".

Source: www.abc.net.au
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