Reitumetse Makwea
Digital Intern
3 minute read
26 Nov 2021
6:00 am

The heartbreak of GBV

Reitumetse Makwea

President Cyril Ramaphosa said men need to speak out and act against GBV in his weekly newsletter, highlighting the increase in child murders, rapes and domestic violence.

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Being a woman in South Africa can be likened to being a gazelle in a lion’s den. We live in constant fear, 365 days of the year, of being the next victim of gender-based violence (GBV), wondering when the next predator will pounce. South Africa has a rate of femicide five times higher than the global average, according to the South African Police Service crime statistics from 1 July to 30 September this year, with 9 556 people raped and a 31.7% increase in themurder of children. Sexual violence has continued to be the reality for South Africans, especially females,...