AWARD-WINNING television personality, radio host and club DJ Lerato Kganyago has penned an open letter to South Africa’s Number One, President Cyril Ramaphosa. The president has also been lambasted on social media for apparently ignoring what is currently taking place in SA.
The country is in turmoil, from the rape and murder of Uyinene Mrwetyana, protest at the Johannesburg Central Business District, protest action at the country’s capital city, Pretoria CBD to name a few, including Boko Haram threats, allegedly by Nigerian nationals.
In her letter, Lerato, also known as LKG and or Mama says that last month (August) during the president’s Wommen’s Day keynote address he pointed out that today women comprise 58% of all students enrolled at universities and colleges around the country.
“In that very same speech you pointed out that despite our laws and policies women and girls live in fear, ‘on the streets, in schools and universities, in places of worshi[p and worst of all in their homes,” says Lerato.
She further states that in the month since Cyril spoke those words, “we have witnessed senseless attacks on women and children – kidnapped from our school, raped and killed in government buildings and even murdered in their cars.
“Please tell us beyond the orations of your grand speech what you plan to do to protect us from what you called the ‘stubborn persistence of patriarchy (which) leads men to think they are superior to their mothers, their wives, and their daughters.’ Enough is enough; we are tired of words, we need ACTION,” she pleads with Cyril.
Posting the letter on Social Media, Lerato has taken it upon her to tag the African National Congress (ANC) on her post.
The Presidency has been mum about the situation until Tuesday issuing a statement saying that they welcome the arrest of Uyinene Mrwetyana and Leighandre Jegels’ murderers.
“This is a very dark period for us as a country. The assaults, rapes, and murders of South African women are a stain on our national conscience.” President Ramaphosa said.
The President added: “We have just commemorated Women’s Month. Sixty-three years after the women of 1956 marched for the right to live in freedom, women in this country live in fear – not of the apartheid police but of their brothers, sons, fathers, and uncles. We should all hang our heads in shame”
The Keynote Address that Lerato is talking about was held on National Women’s Day in Vryburg SHowgrounds, Dr. Ruth Segomotsi Mompati District, in the North West province.