Killing season

2014-04-06 14:00

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It’s open again. Or perhaps it never closed.

The season to kill a woman you know or love, or dated or married, or are just angry with.

To shoot her, to rape her, to rip her insides out. And then kill her.

The media is full of it this week.

At the Palm Ridge Magistrates’ Court, which sat as a high court this week, Shinawaaz Ahmento and Kyle Fredericks were found guilty of the rape and murder of Tracey-Lee Martins, a woman they called a friend.

At court, the two posed, gangsta style, for the cameras – not a whiff of remorse about them.

In Eldorado Park, where Martins lived, Christell Pienaar’s body was found in a school yard.

The suspects were known to her and are known to her family. She leaves behind five young children.

Last year, Anene Booysen’s rape and murder in Ceres brought the nation to a standstill for the manner of her slaying.

A family friend, Johannes Kana, was found guilty of that crime.

Next week, we will again be transfixed by the killing of Reeva Steenkamp.

And, of course, the athlete Oscar Pistorius is innocent until proven guilty, but it is the state’s case that she was shot by an enraged boyfriend.

Sowetan readers woke up to a horror story on Friday.

In Tzaneen, Mothawu Mohale was shot dead by her husband, Samuel Ngobeni, as police waited outside to escort her to safety as part of the protection order she had taken out against him.

Not only does our season of men killing the women they love not end, but it happens everywhere.

Studies will dot incidents around the country, across rural and urban areas, in poor and wealthy neighbourhoods.

There are tomes of practice and method in how to stop femicide. It starts at the cradle.

How do we raise our boys and girls; what opportunities are provided for them; do we teach people to relate, and when men kill, are they appropriately prosecuted and punished?

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