Angry residents of Welkom in the Free State say they’re living in fear following the spate of killings of young women.
South Africans have been urged not to overindulge in alcohol during the festive season as irresponsible drinking patterns could lead to increased road fatalities, domestic abuse, and serious contact crimes.
The Executive Director for UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka says it’s worrisome that perpetrators of violence against women are getting younger, while the crimes committed are more gruesome. She was speaking at the 30th anniversary of Cape Town-based gender violence NGO, Ilitha Labantu.
The Department of Women, Children and People with Disabilities says the criminal justice system is failing to meet the needs of the victims of gender-based and intimate partner violence.
The 16 days campaign of no violence against women and children has been extended to 365 days. Minister for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities Maite Nkoana-Mashabane says people should stop hiding behind culture when they commit gender-based violence.