Sunday of Cyril Ramaphosa, president of South Africa, could have been quiet. The coronavirus crisis in South Africa appears to be contained for now, the lockdown has been loosened, spirits are back on sale. But the data on women’s violence spoiled the party: the statistics that emerged in the last few days show that at least 51% of South African women have suffered some form of violence. And that these facts rarely end up in the newspapers.
Tshegofatso Pule, can be translated into Grace, (28 years old), was killed and hung on a tree near Johannesburg: her body was discovered on Monday 8 June. She was pregnant, the birth was scheduled for 28. Last Saturday the police found her gray Jeep, the last trace of the girl. According to the reconstruction, she had quarreled with her boyfriend, who also had another lover, and asked a friend to take her home. The police are certain that he will arrive at the arrest of the killer.
Sibungiseni Gabada, Sibu for all, (34 years old) born and raised in Khayelitsha, in her own way a famous ghetto a stone’s throw from Cape Town. She was killed and buried in a torn field. She was a well-known poet and organizer of events. One man was arrested, released and arrested again. It would be the killer.
Naledi Phangindawo (25) was stabbed to death on Saturday 5 June near Mossel Bay on the Indian Ocean. The police arrested a man who was supposedly the lover, and put him in prison.
Sanele Mfaba (her age is not known yet) found her under a tree in Soweto on Friday. Her boyfriend would have killed her.
A journalist friend of Sibu wrote: “criminals know that violence against women is not a political priority”, in an editorial on Week Argus. Women and girls are being killed – period. In her own way Tshegofatso is now a hero, the journalist says, because dying made it clear once more that the problem must be solved. “Enough of the words, I want facts,” said one of the directors of the organization Rise Up Against Gender Based Violence in no uncertain terms. “We left a campaign to end the violence against the woman and nothing happened to make it so” .Ramaphosa on Sunday decided it was time to speak and, putting aside the prospect of a quiet day, focused the beacon on violence against women. “This nation is one of the most dangerous for women,” he said.