On Thursday 5 September, SALO’s Research and Liaison Officer Milisuthando Mbete facilitated a dialogue on Sexual Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) in Pretoria’s inner city central’s ANC Ward 56 Branch. The speakers represented the the ANC Women’s League Young Women’s Desk, ANC and ANCWL Tshwane Regional Executive Committee members, with ANCWL President Bathabile Dhlamini as keynote speaker.
ANCWL President Bathabile Dhlamini said the current conditions
require women to stand their ground against the scourge of SGBV. She stressed
the need to speak about the rape ‘culture’ prevalent in our societies that
prompts these violent attacks on women including changing the misogynistic
language. She spoke against the death penalty and advocated for life sentences,
no bail and no parole for convicted rapists and advocated chemical castration.
She called for a national register of sexual offenders, a change in the justice
system regarding cases of SGBV and a state of emergency that treats rape and
femicide as priority crimes. She said the ANCWL would be calling for solidarity
in international forums.