Four women murdered in SA every day

SOUTH Africa has the highest rate of femicide in the world at six times the global average.

SOUTH Africa has the highest rate of femicide in the world at six times the global average.

Four women a day - or one woman every six hours - are killed in South Africa. This translates to 8,8 out of 100000 girls and women older than 14.

These figures were based on a study conducted by the Medical Research Council in 1999. The study was done with data collected on female homicides of women older than 14 years. old.

The study also found that women killed by their partners were likely to:

l Be killed in their home.

l Be younger.

l Work as domestic workers.

l Be killed with a legal firearm.

l Be killed with a blunt force.

l Be killed by perpetrators who have a history of violence.

Lisa Vetten of Tshwaranang Legal Advocacy Centre said yesterday that a woman was most likely to be killed by an intimate partner than a stranger.

Vetten said cases of femicide were closely linked to incidents of domestic violence and rape and that there was often a history of violence.

She said sexual jealousy and a woman ending the relationship were the most common reasons forfemicide.

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