Activists against women abuse staged  protest while President Cyril Ramaphosa was delivering his keynote address at the gender based violence  summit in Irene, Pretoria on Thursday.

The women wore black and held high female underwear with messages calling for the violence against women to stop.

The summit is aimed at finding ways to address the scourge of women abuse in the country.

During his address, Ramaphosa said South Africa is a country with relatively high levels of violence and criminality and this can no longer be accepted.

According to the SAPS Crime Statistics report of 2018, femicide increased by 11 percent over the last two years.

“We cannot, and we will not, rest until we have brought those figures down to zero. We are aiming for a femicide rate of zero per 100,000,” he said.