Mthethwa Blames Crimes on Apartheid

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Mthethwa Blames Crimes on Apartheid


THE current wave of abuse, including murder, against women and children has a direct link to the apartheid system, which was fundamentally violent, Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa said yesterday.

"In recent weeks and days, the scourge of women and child abuse has come to the fore.

"These are some of the social ills that continuously affect our society," Mthethwa told Parliament while presenting his departmental budget vote speech.

"This violence has a long history. Our country was taken by force and it was ruled by force for more than 350 years. Violence is part of the South African DNA and this need to be combated."

Earlier, Mthethwa said the South African government is deeply concerned over the incidents of racism. "In recent times, racism has continued to come to the fore at times and rear its ugly head. Legislation is being tightened and progress made so far in terms of the mooted Prevention and the Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill.

"Once accented into law, this Act will criminalise all forms of bigoted crimes and speech.

"We have had 33 community conversations across all nine provinces in a bid to address the scourge of racism and other social ills facing society.

"Work is continuing apace to conclude these sectoral conversations with the view of crafting and adopting a common compact to unify our people, and strengthen the mental frameworks for complete emancipation.

"The department has presented a report from the 2016 community conversations to various government departments, so that they can action some of the recommendations proposed. …

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