Fact Check: Femicide in South Africa - The reality of the situation

Fact Check: Femicide in South Africa - The reality of the situation

- This week saw countless protests against the violence facing female citizens in South Africa

- With women murdered and raped in the most gruesome ways imaginable, the country has had enough

- Briefly.co.za explores the facts of the reality in South Africa and the woman who call it home

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Nationwide protests are currently underway with the spotlight cast upon the abuse women and children suffer in South Africa.

Femicide has been denounced by citizens to President Cyril Ramaphosa himself, while citizens join in marches to raise awareness.

But what is femicide and just how bad is the situation in Mzansi? Briefly.co.za takes a look at the facts:

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What is femicide?

The United Nations has put forward that there is no agreed-upon definition of what 'femicide' constitutes, writes AfricaCheck.

However, a report states: “The conventional understanding conveys the idea that hate crimes against women are perpetrated by men simply because of the gender roles assigned to women.”

So how bad is the situation in SA?

While data released by the South African Police Service suggested that a woman is murdered every three hours, things have only slightly improved.

During the 2017/18 period, 2 930 adult females were murdered, translating to one woman murdered every 4 hours.

Surprisingly, the situation seems far more volatile for male citizens, with 16 421 deaths reported for the same time-frame - one man murdered every 30 minutes.

How does South Africa compare to the rest of the world?

The World Health Organisation's most recent data revealed that the violence/death rate for females in South Africa is 4.8 times the global average, which stands at 2.6.

This means that SA currently has the fourth-highest interpersonal violence/death rate internationally, placing behind Honduras, Jamaica and Lesotho.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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