Let’s hope that after all the anger of this past week over gender-based violence in SA, everything doesn’t go back to normal with nothing being done. President Cyril Ramaphosa spoke of ending parole and life meaning life for rapists and murderers, but is he now going to walk the walk rather than just talking the talk?

I read in the Sunday papers that the department of women spent R1.1m on consultants to investigate the distribution of free sanitary products and after two years the project — if we can call it that — is still not finalised. In total last year R6.3m was spent on consultants. This department gets a R204m budget, and the lion’s share goes on salaries for hundreds of public servants who are clearly not doing their jobs if they have to bring consultants on board!..

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