‘SA must tackle abuse of women’

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - News - – Nonku­l­uleko Njilo

There is an ur­gent need for South Africans to tackle women and chil­dren abuse.

Jus­tice and cor­rec­tional ser­vices minister Michael Ma­sutha said this at the 70th an­niver­sary of the Uni­ver­sal Dec­la­ra­tion of Hu­man Rights at Con­sti­tu­tional Hill in Jo­han­nes­burg on Fri­day.

“South Africans need to tackle two ma­jor chal­lenges – the es­ca­lat­ing vi­o­lence‚ es­pe­cially di­rected to women and chil­dren, [and] greed in our so­ci­ety‚ which re­sults in cor­rup­tion‚ and con­tin­ues to hold back our gov­ern­ment‚” he told the au­di­ence.

Ma­sutha stressed the need to hon­our those who fought tire­lessly for free­dom.

Among at­ten­dees were Kgothatso Moloto‚ founder of Voice It In Ac­tion‚ who asked pan­elists: “Is there a plat­form that al­lows the youth to en­gage and sit down with the pres­i­dent? To learn and re­flect‚ be­cause we are the fu­ture lead­ers?”

He stressed the need for the youth to be in­volved in pro­grammes pro­mot­ing e aware­ness of hu­man rights.

Ma­sutha said the hu­man rights dec­la­ra­tion was an im­por­tant mile­stone in the his­tory of mankind.

UN high com­mis­sioner for hu­man rights Michelle Bachelet slammed those who con­sid­ered the hu­man rights dec­la­ra­tion to be “a west­ern norm”‚ say­ing ev­ery­one needed food‚ safety and free­dom.

Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa was ex­pected to de­liver the key­note ad­dress at the event.

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