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Domestic Violence Act Under Review

August 13, 2019

The Presidency

13 August 2019

The Domestic Violence Act is under review.

President Ramaphosa announced this in an address in Vryburg on National Womens’ Day.

The president added that the review was focused on strengthening the act’s provisions on domestic homicide and the enforcement of protection orders.

“The proposed amendments will also include previously marginalised victims such as members of the LGBTQI+ community,” he said.

The president also confirmed that the National Policy Framework on the Management of Sexual Offences was under amendment.

A Gender-Based Violence (GBV) steering committee will soon begin provincial consultations on the National Strategic Plan to end GBV.

In terms of the economic empowerment of women, the president indicated that a specific programme to support women’s participation across the value chain will soon be in place.

More women will also be introduced into the Black Industrialists Programme.

According to the president, the programme has already approved R6.6 billion for women-owned businesses against a target of R4.4 billion.

The Gender-Responsive Planning, Budgeting, Monitoring, Evaluation and Auditing Framework, recently approved by cabinet, will ensure that all government plans and budgets include gender-specific delivery targets.

“These commitments will be written into the Performance Agreements of Ministers, Premiers, Directors-General and all senior managers in the public service.”

As regards land reform, the president declared that denying women the right to own land in the name of culture and tradition was unacceptable “especially in a country where our Constitution guarantees the equality of men and women”.

He added that it was an issue that needed to be confronted.

Meanwhile, following a meeting with the Forum of South African Directors-General in Pretoria, the president has called on senior management in the public sector to “move with speed and determination to implement the measures required to turnaround the economy, including the measures contained in the economic stimulus and recovery plan”.

The president also called for the re-engineering of government’s implementation and delivery models in order to enhance efficiency, transparency and accountability in the use of resources.

“This must include the introduction of a district-level planning and coordination model to encourage integrated planning, improve coherence, enhance the impact of service delivery and mobilize all social partners (to) support development.”