“In support of Ms. Mokete and all victims of gender-based violence, the ANCWL YWD calls on all institutions charged with Constitutional mandate to promote respect to gender equality and fight for human rights to consider appealing the sentence.” – the members for the African National Congress Women’s League (ANCWL) and its Young Women’s Desk (YWD) said .
These words of support followed the assault case. Thabang Setona is believed to have attacked Olivia Mokete, 52, during a BLF march. The suspect has been sentenced to a year imprisonment.
“The 12 months sentence is a slap on the wrist. The courts must not show any mercy when sentencing those convicted of crimes against women and children.” – the ANC spokesperson stated.
Above all, the number of assaults on women has rapidly increased from 2017 to 2018. Around 54 000 open cases were recorded at the end of 2018.
“This means around 145 women become victims of assault GBH daily from the likes Thabang. Gender-based violence is a national crisis in South Africa and perpetrators must face the full might of the law,” the statement by the ANCWL and YWD read.