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South African Women Are In Danger

South African women are constantly living in fear

BY Julia QA

Apr 22, 2022, 06:20 AM

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If there’s anything we can all agree on, it’s that South Africa is one violent country, violent towards its citizens, and evidently so, more violent towards women and children.

Earlier this month, a body of a 27-year-old woman was found in a toilet in Nqanqarhu, Eastern Cape cut in half. She was raped, murdered, and her body dismembered and violated in every way by a 55-year-old man. Not only did the man, see fit to rape this woman but he had to top it by taking her life, dismembering her before throwing her inside a long drop toilet, as if she never mattered.

This was just another story in this violent country where women continue to lose lives at the hands of men and people who claimed to love them. Former Miss Universe, Zozibini Tunzi did not lie when she said women in this country are endangered species. 

We’ve become numb, women constantly losing their lives has become a normal part of our lives, the abnormal has become the norm and it’s getting worse every day. If an old man in his 50s, who should be kinder because he knows better, sees fit to take a life of a woman, young enough to be his daughter in this gruesome manner, then we are doomed.

Three women were killed in Orange Farm in Gauteng in the last three weeks. One woman’s body was found in an open veld badly burnt. The person who discovered the body was collecting garbage and she could only be identified by her underwear clothing. The culprit, once again, saw fit not only to take someone’s life but also to burn her body to ashes as if her entire existence never mattered. All these cases leave excruciating pain in victims’ families and loss of trust in government, police, and law enforcement agencies. Women don’t know who to turn to. 

The latest crime stats released by Police Minister, Bheki Cele show that more than 900 women were murdered in South Africa between October and December 2021.
"In a short space of three months, over 900 women were killed in this country and these are only reported crimes."
Many women in rural and remote parts of this country have lost their lives and their cases were not reported and no justice has been done to bring perpetrators to book. 

Cele said gender-based violence and femicide remain a priority and police are being trained to deal with these crimes. What he failed to mention is that the same police officers that are being trained to deal with these crimes are at times, the perpetrators and enablers of such crimes. Hundreds of women in South Africa have shared their own stories where police officers reportedly turned them away when they tried to report domestic violence. Others have been raped by the very police officers who were supposed to help them.

While we've seen some celebrities, young and old, taking a stand and joining organisations in efforts to fight gender-based violence, others have been at the centre of these allegations. We've recently learnt about the story of Jub Jub who allegedly raped Amanda Du Pont while they were in a relationship.

The country continues to see the most gruesome crimes during the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence campaign in South Africa and in the month of August- a month meant to celebrate women in the country. Women are tired of living in constant fear, they are tired of protesting, tired of crying, tired of fighting and begging to be treated like decent human beings. Women just want to live their lives, please keep your hands off women.

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