The presidential hopeful is gripped by the alarming and brutal slaughter of South African women and children. Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday told traditional leaders that they needed to assist government in fighting violence against women and children.

“You live with and among our people, you are there when problems start in families and in communities. We urge you to blow your horns before problems manifest themselves. We urge you to be at the forefront of the struggle to end violence against women.

“There is nothing in our culture, in our traditions, in our beliefs that permits the denigration, abuse, rape or murder of women. There is nothing in our history, in our ancestry, in our communal identity that permits the abuse and exploitation of children,” said Ramaphosa.

Ramaphosa was speaking at the closing of the Indigenous and Traditional Leadership Indaba in Boksburg.

His comments come at a time where there was an increase in incidences of rape and murder of women and children in the country.

The recent deaths of Karabo Mokoena, 22, and three-year-old Courtney Pieters sent shock waves around the country.

Mokoena was allegedly murdered by her boyfriend, Sandile Mantsoe, while Pieters was allegedly raped, killed and buried in a shallow grave.

Ramaphosa also told traditional leaders that working together, they could make South Africa a better country, overcoming the scourges of poverty, unemployment and inequality.

“Our Constitution envisages traditional leadership that plays a central role in social and economic development. This is a vision which embraces the constitutional principles of democracy, equality and accountability.

“It is a vision that sees the institution of traditional leadership contributing significantly to employment creation, social cohesion and nation building.”