Mlambo-Ngcuka on GBV: "This situation is a crisis"

Mlambo-Ngcuka on GBV: "This situation is a crisis"

Former Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka says more men must commit to the fight against gender-based violence. 

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka UKZN
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She gave the keynote address at a special tribute for the first president of the ANC and educator - John Langalibalele Dube - at UKZN in Durban yesterday. 

Mlambo-Ngcuka - who's currently the Head of UN Women - says gender-based violence has reached crisis proportions and no one can be a bystander. 

"We know that this situation is a crisis. And that it is a public health crisis. In addition to it being a gross violation of human rights. If it were any other disease Corona or Ebola, all hands would be on deck," she says.

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She says South Africa needs to re-work its plan for coal amid the climate change reality - adding the world is moving away from coal and phasing out fossil fuels.

"We have to fast track to clean energy, and as a country that has a fossil fuel this is a perfect storm," she says. 

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