On the box this week

2010-11-22 00:00

AS many as four women are killed by their intimate partners every day.

This is one of the shocking statistics concerning domestic abuse and gender-related violence in South Africa.

Yet when a woman strikes back and kills her abusive partner, she is often judged more harshly, even in cases of self-defence.

Not only is she a victim of domestic abuse, but also the victim of a criminal justice system that doesn’t understand the complexity of battered woman’s syndrome and a society that prefers to avert its eyes from the horrors she has endured.

However, there are signs of change.

In a two-part documentary specially mandated by the Department of Correctional Services, Special Assignment looks at women who kill their abusive partners.

The programmes will be broadcast during the 16 Days of Activism against Violence Against Women.

Watch the first part of this gripping investigation by award-winning journalist Hazel Friedman tomorrow at 8.31 pm on SABC3.


Other highlights this week:


• Fresh Living TV: Flywheel – e.tv, 5.30 pm: Ayanda Tini and her team of experts help a passionate entrepreneur, Zahier Davids, kick-start Flywheel, his custom bicycle business.

• Motswako — SABC2, 9.30 pm: Simphiwe Dana’s story is one of a young woman, not recognised at home but celebrated overseas, who knew that she had the gift of music, particularly of singing in an African language.

This show captures an electrifying live performer, a songwriter and a dedicated cultural activist.

• American Music Awards 2010 — M-Net, 9.30 pm: This year’s awards will be held live at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, with Usher, Pink and Bon Jovi in the line-up.


• Medium — M-Net Action (DStv channel 106), 7 pm: A captivating one-hour drama series inspired by the life story of medium Allison Dubois, a wife, mother and crime fighter.

• New Tricks — BBC Entertainment (DStv channel 120), 8.30 pm: Superintendent Sandra Pullman and her Unsolved Crime and Open Case Squad return for a fifth series.

• Jam Sandwich — SABC2, 10 pm: Sonja Herholdt and Phinda are this week’s collaborators.

The two women get on like sisters and swiftly establish emotional common ground.


• Derren Brown: The Events — BBC Entertainment (DStv channel 120), 8.30 pm: In this series Derren puts his unique skills to the test as he tries to predict the National Lottery results before they are announced; helps an unsuspecting viewer to try and beat the roulette table at a casino; and conducts an experiment in remote viewing to find out whether psychic powers really exist.


• Top Billing — SABC3, 7.30 pm: Tonight’s show takes a look at the film White Gold, which tells a tale of love and friendship in the 1860s; the presenter search continues; and Jo-Ann meets Duran Duran in London ahead of their South African tour.

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