Gender-based violence (GBV) is a widespread problem in South Africa. The Minister in the Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane appeals to men to stop the brutal killing of women and children. This is following reports of six cases of murder by an alleged serial killer, that may be on the loose on the KZN South Coast.
In the last six months, six bodies of women were found within the same area in KwaZulu-Natal. According to the South Coast Herald, three bodies of women were found in sugarcane fields in KZN between April and July this year. A 5th body was found in the Mthwalume area on Wednesday.
Minister Nkoana-Mashabane appeals to the investigating task team to work around the clock to ensure the perpetrator(s) of these gruesome murders are arrested.
“The day men decide to stop the brutal killing and raping of women and children, there will be no GBVF. As we commemorate Women’s Month, we must dismantle toxic masculinity and its impact on women and girls” said Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.
Minister added that they know that not all men are bad but at the same time they cannot blame women and children for losing trust in men.
According to http://venturesafrica.com more than 20 women and children have been murdered in South Africa (SA) since the lockdown started in March.
Although accurate statistics are difficult to obtain for many reasons (including the fact that most incidents of GBV are not reported, it is evident South Africa has particularly high rates of GBV.