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South Africa declares 'femicide' a national crisis

Women occupy a busy street intersection in Sandton, Johannesburg during a protest against gender based violence

Women occupy a busy street intersection in Sandton, Johannesburg during a protest against gender based violence

The South African government has declared gender-based violence a national crisis.

According to a new government report, a woman is murdered every three hours in South Africa, and many are assaulted and raped before their death. The women of South Africa recently protested against the gender-based violence that seems to be spinning out of control.

Nomakhosazana Xaba, in her late 20s, says this violence now resembles a country at war against its women.

"Enough it's enough. A lot has been said, but still there is no changes," Xaba said. “It's been years. We are brutally victimized each and every day, every second. Am I next? It's fearing to live."

The latest wave of outrage was sparked by the recent murder of Uyinene Mrwetyana. The 19-year-old University of Cape Town student was raped and killed inside a post office by an employee while she was trying to collect a parcel.

The latest crime statistics released by the Department of Police reveal the depth of the crisis: Nearly 3,000 women were murdered between April 2018 and March of this year. This translates to seven per day.

The murder rate for South African men is also high, at 50 per day. However, many of the female victims are brutally assaulted and raped before being murdered. In many cases, their bodies are disposed of in the bush or in shallow graves, or burned beyond recognition.

Refilwe Mugagabe has this message to men in South Africa: "Instead of you taking a life or instead of you raping a woman, seek help. Do not allow it to grow to a point where you no longer see me as a human being, and you no longer value my life and you rape me and you kill me."

The women called on government and the private sector to provide funds to fight the scourge. President Cyril Ramaphosa recently convened an urgent joint session of parliament to find a solution to gender-based violence.

The action plan he presented includes setting up a $68 million fund, beefing up the criminal justice system, improving the legal and policy framework around sexual offenses and other forms of gender-based violence, and empowering women economically.

"Those who are found guilty of such crimes should not be eligible for parole,” Ramaphosa said. “And if sentenced to a life sentence, this must just mean what it is, life in prison."

Mbuyiselo Botha, a gender violence expert and member of the Commission for Gender Equality, agrees.

"There are lots of women out there who still feel that the police have no clue about what domestic violence is, sexual violence is, sexual offenses act is,” Botha said. “So, these are the places that you can do immediately something about it."

These women say that whatever the government intends to do, they hope it will happen fast — before they also become a rape and murder statistic.

Comments

0 #1 WADADA roger 2019-09-21 12:03
When Stella Nyanzi led a group of women to protest the killing of women, she was looked as one hell of a woman looking for attention.

I think she had foreseen a problem that would grow and take the lives of women. Feminicide is real problem all over the world and has been defined as a sex-based hate crime or the the intentional killing of females (women or girls) because they are females.

The definitions vary depending on its cultural context but may be because many are considered weaker and gullible.

I think the whole thing is based on the mind set of men who still undermine women as a result of cultural background. many think women are less of human beings.
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+1 #2 WADADA roger 2019-09-21 12:10
It all starts at home where parents take boys to school and leave girls to do house work, many cultures to date dont believe a woman can inherit her husband's property or that of her parents.

Some religions even have special places for women when praying while other religions dont believe a woman can be a Pastor, Bishop, Priest, Reverend, Cardinal, Imam or Pope.

In many Arab Countries, women are not supposed to appear in public, they stay home and are as good as part of the man's belonging.

It is such treatment of women that develops into feminicide at a later stage. Gender based violence per should be declared a crime against humanity.
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+2 #3 WADADA roger 2019-09-21 12:23
From the picture, i can tell that these guys are demonstrating in the middle of the road and infront of traffic lights but the police is not bothering them for interfering with traffic flow and for contravening the equivalent of the Public Order management Act.

Am not sure if they even got permission from their equivalent of IGP, I have also not seen comments from the equivalent of their Enanga.

But where on heart does any one need permission from any one to inform the world that they are in fear and pain, Uganda is real a primitive country.
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+1 #4 Japman 2019-09-21 13:13
Am tempted to think it's one of the effects of legalization of homosexuality; Men don't them as potential partners.
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+1 #5 WADADA roger 2019-09-21 15:52
Quoting Japman:
Am tempted to think it's one of the effects of legalization of homosexuality; Men don't them as potential partners.


Japman, I want to disagree with you and please stop hiding your head in the sand.

Look out for the meaning of MACHISMO for you to understand why gender based violence must be curtailed now by none other than women who have been exposed to the true meaning of life.

In the past women would go through all the physical and emotional torture but they would keep quiet, and society thought it was okay more so after paying dowry.

Now that they-women know their rights, things have changed and in so doing they are demanding for equality which has largely remained a lip service tool for wining votes by their male counterparts seeking leadership positions.
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0 #6 Akot 2019-09-22 18:40
Quoting WADADA roger:
When Stella Nyanzi led a group of women to protest the killing of women, she was looked as one hell of a woman looking for attention.

Feminicide is real problem all over the world and has been defined as a sex-based hate crime or the the intentional killing of females because they are females.

The definitions vary depending on its cultural context but may be because many are considered weaker and gullible.

I think the whole thing is based on the mind set of men who still undermine women as a result of cultural background. many think women are less of human beings.


Thanks.

It's time Ugandan women end polygamy as it's them who get maried to maried men, have chidlren with them & cause tension, fight... & this is why they didn't support Dr S. Nyanzi!

S. African women have joined French in fight against feminicide that has become routine!
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0 #7 Akot 2019-09-22 18:47
WADADA roger, thanks.

Only primitive people are tribalistically divided & ruled by a migrant who uses them against one another to rule for life!

Ugandans are even prepered to have Museveni's military son!
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0 #8 Akot 2019-09-22 19:07
Japman, agreed.

Men married to women, even those with children, have men lovers & this double life is ignored by developed countries! Yet, when married men have women lovers/second hidden wives, it becomes a problem!

Do we still wonder why God left humans free without punishing them, to rule themselves as they wished & only warned of troubles ahead?

I'am sure if God hadn't left us free to rule oursleves as we wanted, He would have erased us from the surface fo the earth by now for defying him so!

Children born through scientific experiments, carrier mothers & given to homosexuals, will 1 day make us pay for the way they are brought into the world!

Children abandoned/abused by parents, children of prostitutes...end up silent criminals or in prison, yet not 1 government sees it's parents who should be punished, first & above all, to quench children's anger!
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0 #9 Akot 2019-09-22 19:22
WADADA roger, agreed, yet,

How will Ugandan women fight for equality when it's them who get maried to maried men?

How can 2++ wives claim equality with the 1 husband they share?

True, feminicide, like homosexuality are vote winning issues & have no humanity!

Is Uganda not a country that has more men mistreated by women as contrary to the rest of the world where it's women mainly the victims?

Ugandans are exceptional, otherwise migrant Museveni wouldn't be their chief tribal leader/dictator life time president, right?

Museveni's militatry son must be happy as he will take his fathers place after his death!
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