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50% of men have admitted to perpetrating physical partner violence

PLEASE SUBSCRIBE TO OUR CHANNEL: During the commemoration of 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children, People Opposing Women Abuse (POWA) is urging government to fast-track the three new Bills introduced to Parliament in September 2020 specifically intended to tackle the country’s deplorable status quo.
POWA is asking South Africans to add their voices to #EndDomesticSilence​, by recording voice notes to the President during the annual 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children urging the government to prioritise three new Bills. Recorded voice notes will be collected, collated as a petition and personally delivered to the President. We chat to the POWA, CEO Mary Makgaba.

The three new bills include:
·The Bill to amend the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act. This creates a new offence of sexual intimidation, extends the ambit of the offence of incest, and extends the duty of reporting suspected sexual abuse of a child. It also expands the scope of the National Register for Sex Offenders, including public naming of perpetrators.

·The Criminal and Related Matters Amendment Bill tightens the granting of bail in cases of GBV and femicide, and expands offences for which minimum sentences must be imposed.

·Proposed amendments to the Domestic Violence Act extend the provisions to those who are engaged, dating, in customary relationships and actual or perceived romantic, intimate or sexual relationships of any length of time. The definition of “domestic violence” is also extended to protect the elderly from abuse by family members.

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