The Crime Against Women in South Africa Report by Statistics SA shows that femicide (the murder of women on the basis of their gender) is 5 times higher than the global average. This means that in South Africa, women are 5 times more likely to be killed due to gender-based violence committed by men.
Women and men of Alexandra marched to Alexandra police stations to handover a memorandum of grievances pertaining gender-based violence and raping of women. The March took place from 8th Avenue to Alexandra police station on 3 December.
The march was organized by ANC women’s league, Busani Traditional Healers, Agisanang Domestic Abuse Prevention and Training (ADAPT), Bombani shelter for abused women and children,
In the memorandum the stakeholders and community voiced out unpleasantries in the manner in which the police stations handle criminal matters reported to them involving children and women abuse, the community also demanded an urgent attention to following GBV cases: Busisiwe Dladla who died as a results of acid attack from her boyfriend according to the memorandum the case was opened, the suspect is known but the suspect hasn’t yet been arrested. The second matter on the memorandum is of Miss Majola who was allegedly raped at Helen Joseph hostels in 2018 the case was opened and no arrest have been made.
The community and stakeholders demanded immediate action be taken in the above cases, they promised to come back in March 2020 should no progress be made.
Lieutenant Mazibuko accepted the memorandum on behalf of the police station.