Femicide is on the rise in South Africa, with Statistics South Africa reporting that the murder rate for women increased drastically by 117% between 2015 and 2016/17.
The number of women who experienced sexual offences also jumped from 31 665 in 2015/16 to 70 813 in 2016/17, which is an increase of 53%.
These are drastic increases in less than 24 months, Stats SA’s Crime against Women in South Africa report released on Tuesday revealed.
The report provides an overview of all types of crime, including violent crimes, as they affect women in South Africa.
Violence against women is a serious problem in South Africa. Horrific stories of intimate partner violence have been highlighted in the media since #MenAreTrash went viral. The hashtag has also been sparked by the murders of Karabo Mokeona; Nonkululeko Mpanza and Nompumelelo Mhlongo (in Thokoza); Promise Mthembu (in KwaZulu-Natal) and Unisa student Jabulile Nhlapo.
(South African Government News Agency)