In spite of numerous campaigns denouncing violence against women, they remain soft targets for individuals often seeking to vent their aggression against society.
Not a single day passes without an incidence of violence against a woman in some part of the country.
Last weekend, a 19-year-old woman in Limpopo experienced extreme violation of her dignity and person at the hands of 13 thugs. She sustained serious injuries and the indignity of being violated in front of her boyfriend.
Her ordeal underscores the worst fears of many other women in this country.
We should muster our resolve to rid society of this scourge. We dare not drop our guard but must protect our women and children.