- Gender-based violence is a massive issue in South Africa and its in the spotlight once more
- Minister Lindiwe Zulu recently claimed that SA is the country with the highest rates of femicide in the world
- Briefly.co.za explores the Social Development Minister's startling claim
Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu recently claimed that South Africa is the country with the highest rate of women getting murdered in the world.
The minister alleged that SA is “number one in the killing of women” during the launch of an anti-substance abuse campaign.
The latest crime statistics revealed that 2 771 of the 21 022 murder victims from the 2018/19 year were women.
AfricaCheck reports that Chandré Gould, a senior researcher at the South African Institute for Security Studies’ Justice and Violence Prevention Programme, has described the minister's claim as 'nonsense':
“I don’t know what data she could possibly use to decide that."
A glance at the World Health Organization's 'interpersonal violence' deaths from across the globe for the year 2016 confirmed that the politician has missed the mark.
The data revealed that India recorded the highest number of women killed, with SA ranking ninth.
- India- 13 093
- Brazil- 5 917
- China- 5 730
- Nigeria- 4 992
- Pakistan- 4 939
- United States of America- 4 219
- Russia- 4 208
- Indonesia-3 572
- South Africa- 3 444
The minister's department has opted not to comment on her sources when it comes to this controversial information, but it appears that it was not based on the truth.
The most recent data available has indicated that, while still a serious issue, South Africa's gender-based violence crisis is not the worst globally.
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