‘SA must tackle abuse of women’
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.