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Good, bad and ugly — SA’s agonising battle with GBV and femicide

Almost 1,000 women lost their lives at the hands of their intimate partners between April 2020 and September 2022, according to SA police data. Meanwhile, government reached only one out of five of its targets within its action plan to fight gender-based violence and femicide.

Between April 2020 and September 2022, 988 women were killed through domestic violence in South Africa, police data shows. In about the same period, the government achieved just over a fifth of the targets in its action plan to curb gender-based violence and femicide (GBVF), according to a report released at the second Presidential Summit on the matter held in Midrand in early November.


Because, women’s rights activists say, a national council that was meant to be set up to tackle GBVF is still not up and running — four years since it was promised.

We’ve been here before.

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