Women, child killers in fo­cus

The Star Early Edition - - POLITICS - SIYABONGA MKHWANAZI

HU­MAN Set­tle­ments Min­is­ter Lindiwe Sisulu has urged the ANC pol­icy con­fer­ence to pro­pose tough sen­tences for those con­victed for the rape and killing of women and chil­dren.

In an in­ter­view with The Star on the side­lines of the con­fer­ence, Sisulu, who is also the chair­per­son of the ANC’s sub­com­mit­tee on so­cial trans­for­ma­tion, said they want to stamp out vi­o­lence against women and chil­dren.

In the past few weeks there has been a spate of cases of vi­o­lence against women and chil­dren in which most of the vic­tims were mur­dered by some­one they knew.

Sisulu said this was a mat­ter the ANC was tak­ing se­ri­ously and they want to lobby so­ci­ety for tough sen­tences for the peo­ple in­volved in the mur­der of women and chil­dren.

“Some­thing is wrong with the so­cial fab­ric of our so­ci­ety. We need to find out what has gone wrong. How do we as the ANC re­spond to this,” asked Sisulu.

She added they would also have to en­gage re­li­gious lead­ers on the mat­ter to see how they could as­sist.

“We will do some­thing about the pro­tec­tion of women,” she said of the ANC pol­icy con­fer­ence.

“The con­fer­ence will have to come up with a pro­posal to lobby for tough sen­tences in the courts.”

Sisulu said they would also have to lobby so­ci­ety for tough sen­tences for those con­victed for these crimes.

She also spoke out strongly against de­lays by the govern­ment to pro­vide ser­vices to com­mu­ni­ties, say­ing it had to try to re­spond more quickly to the needs of com­mu­ni­ties, be­fore ser­vice de­liv­ery protests flared up.

“Where we have a role to play, it is im­por­tant to take time to re­flect on what the bot­tle­necks are in or­der to con­tain the anger in some of the protests,” said Sisulu.

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