Ramaphosa dismisses opposition coalition's bid to unseat ANC

President Cyril Ramaphosa. Image: SANews.

Ramaphosa gets tough on GBV abusers

President Cyril Ramaphosa said no bail may be granted to a person charged with rape, starting beginning of this month.

Ramaphosa dismisses opposition coalition's bid to unseat ANC

President Cyril Ramaphosa. Image: SANews.

The days of violent boyfriends and spouses being released hours after being arrested are over.

When is the new rule going to be effective?

Starting this month, President Cyril Ramaphosa directed that no bail may be given for domestic violence cases.

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The president said during a Women’s Day ceremony at the Union Buildings in Tshwane, the court should impose protection orders before releasing the alleged abuser.

“We have responded to the call for more stringent bail conditions for perpetrators.” In fact, we now want to get to the point where if you touch a lady and are arrested, there will be no bail. “And if you murder a woman, you will be sentenced to life in prison.

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“Because there is no justifiable reason for us to believe that we own women,” said Ramaphosa

Even in a domestic violence relationship, such bail applications must be formally sought in court.

“Before releasing the accused on bail, the court must issue a protection order against them if they were in a domestic relationship with the alleged victim,” he said.

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People accused of gang rape or serial rape, as well as offenders of date rape, marital rape, child rape, and incest, would face life in prison.

What did Ramaphosa establish?

Ramaphosa also established an online method for victims of abuse to seek protection orders.

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“Men’s violence against women and girls is an assault on our shared humanity.” “Women do not feel safe at home, on the street, at work, schools or places of worship,” said Ramaphosa

Between January and March 2023, 10 512 rape complaints were opened at South African police stations, according to Police Minster Bheki Cele.

4 768 of the occurrences occurred at the victims or perpetrators residence.