Article by Portia Ndikinda
Violence against women and girls by their partners recognized as a major international
public health problem in both developed and developing countries. South Africa in
particular is no exception. Information from different countries indicates that 35%
of all women have been physically or sexually abused by intimate or non-intimate
Statistics are sometimes considered unreliable due to poor reporting probably resulting from fear.
SA report partly links the low report and conviction rate of violence perpetrators to the post -apartheid public perception of the police force.
Violence against women takes many forms physical, sexual, economic emotional, trafficking.
In person they represent a violation of human rights and dignity with lasting effects
effects and consequences both for women themselves and for the communities they live in.
Corrective rape also takes place in certain parts of SA.
Lesbians are raped with the aim of converting them to heterosexuality. One memorable case of this sort was the gang –rape murder of Eudy Simelane of South African football team member and LGBT right activist.
“Violence against women and girls in the country has not decreased despite the efforts of
the South African government and steps that are taken to rectify the issue.”
This happened in 2008 the 28th of April in springs kwathema within the Gauteng Province.
More than 10 lesbians for per week are raped or gang raped in Cape Town South Africa alone,
and at least 31 have died from the attack over the last 10 years ,BBC News 2011 June 30
Shared the latest victim was Noxolo Skosana 23year old.
Victims of violence are not effectively supported by public services and this makes it more
Widespread and discourages the survivors from reporting .Noxolo Ngwaza also falls under
the stats,8 men gang raped her and murdered her in April 2011.
Violence against women in South Africa continues in full strength without necessary legal
consequences for perpetrators. South Africa is disreputably known for horrendous gender
based crimes, irrespective of having some of the most progressive legislation in the whole
of Africa. The 1998 South African domestic violence act has one of broadest definitions of
violence against women.
Hate crimes bill for SA has been developed and it is underway to effectively address homophobic.