DATE: MONDAY, 09 SEPTEMBER 2019
TO: ALL MEDIA HOUSES AND EDITORS
SUBJECT: CCMA CONDEMNS GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE, FEMICIDE AND VIOLENT PROTESTS
The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) is saddened and condemns the gender-based violence and violent protests witnessed around the country in the recent past days and calls for urgent intervention and action from all law enforcement services, social protection agencies, government, community leaders and society at large.
The CCMA has further noted President Cyril Ramaphosa’s undertaking to urgently work with Parliament to decisively deal with Gender-Based Violence and femicide. As a Constitutional organisation, the CCMA supports the national movement aimed at tackling Gender-Based Violence and efforts made by the South African Police Service to restore order and peace following the unrest - violent looting and vandalism of property.
The CCMA maintains a zero-tolerance to sexual harassment and remains committed to diligently implement the Employment Laws in its jurisdiction to conciliate and arbitrate cases related to harassment in the workplace.
“It cannot be that South Africa we know with its’s entrenched spirit of Ubuntu, diversity and humility, is fast becoming an unsafe habitat for women and children. Also, any acts of xenophobia must be condemned in the strongest possible terms”, said CCMA Director Cameron Morajane.
South Africans and Africans must unite in the fight against Gender-Based Violence, femicide, xenophobia, violent protests and the triple challenges of unemployment, poverty, and inequality.
For media queries, please contact Ms. Silindile Nyathikazi via email at SilindileNy@ccma.org.za or via telephone at 011 377 6999
Issued by the CCMA
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