Shock over women killings

2011-03-10 00:00

BETWEEN 30 and 40 women are murdered each month in KwaZulu-Natal, according to the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation.

A senior researcher with the centre, David Bruce, was commenting yesterday on the reported murders of five women in the province since February 20.

Bruce said men remain the highest number of murder victims.

“I would estimate that there are roughly 30 to 40 murders of women in KZN each month and about 260 or so murders of men.

“A very large proportion [close to 50%] of murders of women are murders by their intimate partners,” he said.

Muthi-related murders are less common.

The badly decomposed body of a woman, whose identity is not yet known, was found in Pietermaritzburg’s Snathing area near a railway line yesterday morning.

The cause of her death is yet to be established.

On Monday a man was seen dumping the body of his 25-year-old girlfriend in bush in the Tshelimnyama area of Pinetown, outside Durban.

Police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said police established that a domestic fight resulted in the murder of Nomvula Noqhaza on Saturday night.

It is alleged that the 28-year-old suspect kept the body the whole day on Sunday.

“Then on Monday during the day he was spotted pushing a wheelbarrow to the bush, and local residents became suspicious and followed him.

After seeing the body they caught the suspect and assaulted him badly before police came to his rescue.

The man will appear in the Pinetown Magistrate’s Court today, said Naicker.

In Vryheid, northern KwaZulu-Natal, police are still searching for suspects in connection with the murders of two women.

Their badly mutilated bodies were discovered in different locations on February 25 and 26.

The bodies of Buyisile Xaba (35) and Bonisile Mabaso were ripped open. Xaba had missing body parts.

Muzi Khoza (27) is facing a murder charge after the frozen body of his girlfriend, Nompumelelo Khanyile, was found stashed in a freezer in his Hammarsdale house on February 20.

In a book that he wrote in 2004 after lengthy research, Gerard Labuschagne, who heads the SA Police Force’s investigative psychology unit that deals with serious and violent crime, disclosed that most victims of muthi-related murders are women.

Labour federation Cosatu expressed shock at the incidence of recent rapes and murders of women. Its provincial spokesperson, Zet Luzipo, said, “Yesterday was the 100th International Women’s Day, celebrated across the globe. As Cosatu in KZN we are quite worried about many reported cases of brutal assault and murders of women in this province.”


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