Unite against violence, abuse of women, children

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Pretoria – Cabinet has reiterated President Jacob Zuma’s call for South Africans to unite against violence and abuse of women and children, urging all South Africans to take urgent steps to eradicate this scourge in their communities.

The call follows the President’s visit to Elsies River in Cape Town, in support of the Fight against Crime Imbizo.

Cabinet said the visit once again highlighted the vulnerability of women and children in society.

“The President undertook to return to the area to look into the many challenges of crime and murder, especially of children and how law - enforcement authorities would improve their services to the community,” Communications Minister Ayanda Dlodlo said during a post Cabinet media briefing on Thursday.

Be vigilant of fake news

Meanwhile, Cabinet has called on South Africans to be vigilant of fake news, in particular the increase of false posts on social media over missing, kidnapped and abducted girls and women.

“The recent outbreak of violence in KwaMashu over fake reports of children being abducted in the area and the alleged abduction of a girl in Naledi, Soweto, by persons in a Toyota Quantum with registration number included, went viral on social media, which was later found to be untrue.

“These hoaxes, fake news and the dissemination of false information cause panic among our communities and waste time and resources of the police. We appeal to people not to repost and disseminate fake news on social media, until they have verified the authenticity,” said Minister Dlodlo.

Reports on ‘leaked emails’

Cabinet has also noted with serious concern the media reports on the ‘leaked emails’ that are purported to implicate ministers, officials and private individuals in alleged wrongdoing.

“Cabinet remains fully committed to good governance and at the same time, it also notes that all persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty in terms of our Constitution. Cabinet urges all who have information about any wrongdoing by government officials of ministers to inform the law-enforcement agencies so that investigations can be undertaken,” the Minister said.

She added that Cabinet is aware that some cases have already been opened and the police are undertaking the necessary investigations.

“All who are affected by the emails are urged to cooperate with the law enforcement agencies.”

President Zuma has rebutted the allegation that was published by a Sunday newspaper that he owns a house in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. – SAnews.gov.za