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Gender-Based Violence and Femicide Summit Declaration

GBV Summit DeclarationIn his speech on the occasion of the National Women’s Day 2018, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that a National Summit on Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and Femicide would be held between government and civil society to jointly determine a roadmap to end the scourge of gender-based violence and killings of women and girls in our country.

Follow this link to read the full Gender-based Violence and Femicide Declaration, Mar 2019

National Strategic Plan on Gender-Based Violence & Femicide, 2020

GBVF NSPThe Gender-based Violence and Femicide National Strategic Plan (GBVF-NSP) was produced by the Interim Steering Committee established in April 2019 to respond to the gender-based violence and femicide crisis following the historic 2018 Presidential Summit on this subject. First published in 2020. The purpose is to pProvide a multi-sectoral, coherent strategic policy and programming framework to ensure a coordinated national response to the crisis of gender-based violence and femicide by the government of South Africa and the country as a whole.

The Report of the Presidential Summit against Gender-based Violence and Femicide, 2018

The Report of the Presidential Summit against Gender-based Violence and Femicide, 2018

The content of this report reflects the proceedings of the summit – including speeches,
commission discussions and recommendations. It draws out the key messages, views and insights that emerged from the two days. Importantly, it seeks to reflect the voices of survivors who bravely shared their stories, highlighting the systemic violence that woman continue to endure across South Africa.

Gender Based Violence Related Speeches:

DoJ&CD Under-The-Tree Dialogues for Men and Boys

UTTThe Under-The-Tree Dialogues are a national programme that will be rolled out across South Africa, starting in Nov 2019, with a specific focus on areas that have the highest levels of violence against women and they are aimed at raising awareness at positively changing the attitudes of men and boys towards women.

The dialogues are implemented by government in collaboration with other sectors of society such as faith-based organisations, traditional leadership and civil society formations and are part of the wider 365-day, year-round education, awareness and prevention campaign that government is rolling out in partnership with civil society. Statistics on sexual offences, including rape will be used to identify areas with high incidence that will be accordingly prioritised for the dialogues. The Dialogues are a catalytic intervention designed to kick-start constructive conversations between men and boys. As violence against women is not a problem of women; it is a problem of men. The solution lies in changing the attitudes of men towards women.

We call upon men and boys to heed the call to participate in Under-The-Tree Dialogues and play their part in breaking the cycle of violence. Through dialogues we want to:
- Encourage men to be positive role models to young boys and mentor and guide them in their journey to adulthood.
- Educate men and boys about the impact of abuse on the victims and families.
- Seek to redefine manhood by challenging and breaking down negative stereotypes about women within our communities.
- Encourage men and boys to learn to resolve conflict without resorting to violence or other abusive behaviour.

For more information on the Under-The-Tree Dialogues, please contact:
Mr. Max Mpuzana
Public Education and Communication
Department of Justice and COnstitutional Development
Tel: 012 357 8084
Email: MMpuzana@justice.gov.za


Report Abuse

The Gender-Based Violence Command Centre (GBVCC) operates under The Department of Social Development. The Centre operates a National, 24hr/7days-a-week Call Centre facility. The facility employs social workers who are responsible for call-taking and call referrals. The Centre operates an Emergency Line number – 0800 428 428. This is supported by a USSD, “please call me” facility: *120*7867#. A Skype Line ‘Helpme GBV’ for members of the deaf community also exists. (Add ‘Helpme GBV’ to your Skype contacts). An SMS Based Line 31531 for persons with disabilities (SMS ‘help’ to 31531) also exists. The Centre is able to refer calls directly to SAPS (10111) and field Social Workers who respond to victims of GBV.

NSP GBVF PILLAR 3 WEBINAR: The State's approch to GBV - The theory and reality, 26 August 2021.
Date: 26 August 2021, Time: 14h00-15h30
Moderator: Jeanne Bodenstein (Rape Crisis)
Speakers: Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development, Mr J Jeffery, MP and Asanda Mbetshe
Platform: MS Teams



5 Days of Remembrance, Nov 2020

Gender-Based Violence and Femicide (GBVF) message by Adv Praise Kambula at the 5 Days of Remembrance function held at the Department of Justice's National Office on 27 Nov 2020.


GBVF Webinar Series: Justice, Safety and Protection, Sep-Nov 2020

  • 04 Nov 2020, Microsoft Teams. Topic: Regulations relating to Sexual Offences Courts: What changes are they introducing? Speaker: Mr J Jeffery, Deputy, Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development
    Follow this link for the video on our YouTube Channel: https://youtu.be/aAjSCPZbHJs
  • 21 Oct 2020, Microsoft Teams. Topic: From the Bench: ‘The Experiences of Presiding over GBVF cases’. Speakers: Ms Jakkie Wessels, Mr Bruce Langa & Regional Court Presidents.
    Follow this link for the video on our YouTube Channel: https://youtu.be/kcQhG1BI0lg
  • 07 Oct 2020, Microsoft Teams. Topic: Justice in Conversation on the GBVF Bills. Panel: Ms Jakkie Wessels, Ms Ntombi Matjila and Adv Praise Kambula.
    Follow this link for the video on our YouTube Channel: https://youtu.be/7G9xeez02ZI
  • 23 Sep 2020, Microsoft Teams. Topic: A victim centric justice system. Speaker: Major General Linda, SAPS (FCS)
    Follow this link for the video on our YouTube Channel: https://youtu.be/UhlK-yuAZw0

Ronald Lamola wants the justice system to be stronger when dealing with GBV, Radio 702, 19 Jun 2020
As President Cyril Ramaphosa said, South Africa is facing two pandemics, the second being gender-based violence. Activists saying it is not the coronavirus that is killing women, but men. No less than 21 women and children have been killed in the past couple of weeks, the latest victim, a 3-year-old, whose body was found with multiple stab wounds in an open veld in Orange Farm. Justice Minister.

[Radio 702, Breakfast with Bongani Bingwa, 19 Jun 2020, 13:12 min/mp3]
Follow this link to read the article: https://www.polity.org.za/article/laws-not-enough-to-curb-gbv-buy-in-from-men-boys-are-needed-lamola-2020-06-19

The 5th Annual Tsietsi Mashinini Memorial Lecture, SABC News, 18 Jun 2020
Defining gender-based violence, its causes and what we as society can do to eliminate it.

The Modise Network | Government's Role in Addressing Gender-Based Violence | Part 2 | 07 September 2019
Deputy Minister of Justice John Jeffery laments the amendment of the Sexual Offenders Register to include all convicted rapists, and those men should hold each other accountable in the fight against femicide. Courtesy #DStv403

Let’s Talk Justice, Season 05, Episode 04: 22 Aug 2019 (Gender Based Violence)

Let’s Talk Justice, Season 05, Episode 03: 15 Aug 2019 (Sexual Offences Courts)

Let’s Talk Justice, Season 05, Episode 02: 08 Aug 2019 (Legal advice for Women)

Let’s Talk Justice, Season 04, Episode 15: 01 Nov 2018 (The Gender Summit)

Let’s Talk Justice, Season 04, Episode 13: 18 Oct 2018 (The role of the Commission of Gender Equality on Crimes of Gender-Based Violence)

Let’s Talk Justice, Season 04, Episode 12: 11 Oct 2018 (The role of the NPA on crimes of Gender-Based Violence)

Let’s Talk Justice, Season 04, Episode 11: 04 Oct 2018 (Gender-Based Violence)

The Final Verdict Series, 24 Sep 2011 (Episode 15 Accomplice to Rape)

The Final Verdict Series, 30 Jul 2011 (Episode 08 Ukuthwala)

The Final Verdict Series, 09 Jul 2011 (Episode 05 Child Abuse and Murder)

The Final Verdict Series, 18 Jun 2011 (Episode 02, Domestic Violence and Self Defence)