DA debates motion on 16 Days of Activism

The following speeches were delivered in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature today by the DA’s Refiloe Ntsekhe MPL and Solly Msimanga MPL during debates on the motion regarding 16 Days of Activism.

Speech by
Refiloe Ntsekhe MPL

“Proactive governance will make empower women”

  • Departmental targets that fall under victim empowerment are horrible indicators of how our society is losing its moral fibre.
  • The departments of Social Development, Community Safety and Economic Development need to do more to ensure that more women are able to speak up and remove themselves from harmful situations.
  • As South Africans we in positions of power should not allow women and children to live in fear – a fear which them keeps them imprisoned.
  • Residents would no longer need to feel like victims, but prosperous members of society – free from worry and harm.

The full speech can be obtained here.


Speech by

Solly Msimanga MPL

16 Days of Activism: 365 days of respect needed

  • Violence and abuse towards women and children in this country is the biggest indictment on our democracy.
  • If government cannot guarantee that cases of abuse will be treated with the utmost seriousness then it sends a message to abusers that they will not be punished and to victims that they have nowhere to turn.
  • Violence against women and children is everyone’s problem

The full speech can be obtained here.