President Cyril Ramaphosa visited the families of Uyinene Mrwetyana, Leighandre "Baby Lee" Jegels and Angelique Clark-Abrahams in East London on Friday.
Speaking at Mrwetyana’s home, Ramaphosa, accompanied by Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane, and Cabinet ministers Stella-Ndabeni Abrahams and Ronald Lamola, said "the death of your young daughter and other women in the country is something that has gotten us to look at gender-based violence in a way that makes it we have reached a watershed moment", the SA Government News Agency reported.
Thousands of protesters gathered in Cape Town this week to raise awareness about the plight of women and children in the country.
In an address on Thursday evening, Ramaphosa outlined some measures to deal with violence against women and children, which include harsher sentences.
At the same time, an inter-ministerial committee that will work together with civil society to bring an end to gender-based violence, has been established.
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