South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa has urged men to change what he described as their “sexist and patriarchal attitudes” which he says lie at the root of violence against women.
He made the comments on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, just hours after another brutal attack, in which a woman was raped and stabbed multiple times.
Launching a campaign against femicide, Mr Ramaphosa described such violence as “a great shame on our nation”.
Some 2,700 South African women were murdered by men last year, and 100 rapes reported each day.
The government has set aside more than $100m (£77m) for a plan to deal with the issue.
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