By: Lungisa Somtombo
“There’s something wrong with our society.” These words were said by University of Fort Hare Vice-Chancellor Professor Sakhele Buhlungu when he condemned the brutal killing of women in the country after the brutal and inhumane murder of a Fort Hare LLB final year student.
It is women’s month, a month where women are supposed to be celebrated for their bravery and achievements, however, in South Africa the brutal murder of women is on the rise, perpetrated by men who once claimed to love them.
Gender-based violence and the killing of women in August is starting to be a trend in South Africa. UCT student Uyinene Mrwetyana, boxing champion Leighandre Jegels, and Angelique Clark-Abrahams were murdered by men in this country during women’s month.
In 2020 Tshegofatso Pule was murdered when she was eight months pregnant and hanged on a tree, in 2021 gender-based violence levels are still going up. Notice Mtebeni was murdered and dismembered in East London allegedly by his boyfriend and it is alleged that Nozipho Singatha was stabbed to death by her boyfriend,
“We are willing to work with whoever has ideas on how we can put an end to gender-based violence,” said Buhlungu.
Speaking on the murder of women in the metro, Buffalo City Executive Mayor Xola Pakathi said this month is about honouring visionary women and they condemn the brutal murder of women, especially on women’s month.
“I want to caution men and women, young and old, to move away from toxic relationships, because they are the genesis of such acts where it starts with a slap, followed by a stab, then they are killed,” said Pakathi.
Terrified at the rate women are dying in the country, Samela Mondi said living in South Africa is a worry and a threat for her and every other woman. She added that she lives in fear every day.
“I look over my shoulder everywhere I go because I don’t know what might happen to me,” said Mondi.
Appealing to men on the Men Empowerment Network Dialogue yesterday, Human Rights Activist, Author and Public speaker Zola Tshayana said men need to call out and cut off perpetrators of gender-based violence.