MRC says 3 women a day killed in SA

2012-11-07 20:19

Cape Town - A woman is killed every eight hours in South Africa, says the Medical Research Council (MRC) told MPs.

The number of femicides, a term used to describe the murder of a woman by her intimate partner, had decreased from 3 793 in 1999 to 2 363 in 2009, MRC researchers told Parliament's portfolio committees on health, women, children and people with disabilities.

It was presenting the findings of its latest study into female murders.

Intimate femicide was still the leading cause of murder among females.

The proportion of women killed by their husbands, boyfriends or same-sex partners rose from 50% in 1999 to 58% in 2009.

Just under 43% of women killed were targeted by people with whom they were not intimate.

Different trends emerged when researchers compared the number of perpetrators convicted of intimate femicide, and those found guilty of non-intimate femicide.

MRC specialist scientist Naeema Abrahams said many perpetrators were not even charged and of those charged, the number of people convicted of intimate femicide went up slightly, from 35% to 37%.

"Among the non-intimates, something is happening here where we actually see a decline in convictions," said Abrahams.

Among the more positive findings was a dramatic drop in the number of women killed with guns.

She attributed this to stricter gun control laws.

"Don't weaken that legislation. Keep it and strengthen it," she told MPs.


The number of women killed with sharp objects, such as knives, and those who died as a result of blunt force trauma, had not changed much.

Abrahams said the findings showed there was no evidence that police had improved investigations into crimes against women.

"There are fewer murders, so there must be more policemen in the system... shouldn't they be better at getting better convictions and collecting better data on the history of violence?"

The MRC tried to conduct research on the blood alcohol levels of female murder victims.

The Western Cape was the only province which could provide this data.

"Women are drunker when killed in 2009 for the Western Cape... This tells us a story about alcohol and women’s vulnerability," Abrahams said.

She said women killed with guns were sober, but a large proportion of those killed with sharp and blunt objects had high levels of alcohol in their system.

The MRC said evidence from the study showed the work done so far to prevent gender-based violence was insufficient.

Abrahams recommended that similar studies be done every five years to monitor progress made in preventing violence against women and attaining gender equity.

She urged MPs to use the data collected to influence intervention and prevention policies.

  • vicki.malatse - 2012-11-07 20:32

    SA men are generally violent,yes I'm generalising,majority of crimes in SA are comitted by men against women and children.As a counrty we should be ashamed of ourself for breeding such psychos.Male children generally lacks positive role models

      Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-11-07 21:29

      Men of All races! There is just as much violence in white marriages as in black ones. Dont fool yourself.

      themba.thwala.775 - 2012-11-07 21:34

      hey ase'ole, jaarling, google the The Modimolle Monster, The Sunday Rapist, a case called State v Kevin, Debbie Adlington, amongst other and see that scumbags who look like you are murdering women,idiot

  • Desilusionada - 2012-11-07 20:49

    This is so f@kkedup. Next time it will not be a Skierlik or Wit Wolf. It will be someone who cannot take it any more. And it will not be aimed or intended for just at black people.......

  • alaina.robbertse - 2012-11-07 20:51

    Terrible.The ANC is in power and we all know where they come from and what they did.

      beverly.young3 - 2012-11-07 22:15

      Dont talk sh*t .....its has nothing to do with politics. Why dont you offer something constructive, instead of trotting out this same old claptrap. Really.

      nombuso.n.mtshali.1 - 2012-11-07 22:30

      What the hell does it have to do with politics? Women and children are dying!!! You are so insensitive!

      art5SA - 2012-11-08 00:23

      It ALL has to do with POLITICS!!!! Criminals have MORE RIGHTS than INNOCENT people!!!! Bring back the DEATH PENALTY and HARSHER SENTENCING... and you will see the change in attitude!!!

  • Tello Moleko - 2012-11-07 21:12

    Do we still have people like jaarling in this country?pls tell me how special is yo race.

  • Mike Peach Purchase - 2012-11-07 21:17

    Disgusting and disgraceful,nice one new sa.

      art5SA - 2012-11-08 00:24

      If it is "NEW"... it will have a SHINE to it... It currently has a STENCH....

  • Mike Peach Purchase - 2012-11-07 21:18

    Ja and too many like you look at the stats.

  • terrylee.heuer - 2012-11-07 21:35

    Among the more positive findings was a dramatic drop in the number of women killed with guns.\r\n\r\nShe attributed this to stricter gun control laws.\r\n\r\n\Don't weaken that legislation. Keep it and strengthen it,\ she told MPs......every criminal on the streets has a gun how is that gun control?? how many cops have been killed and their guns stolen how many farmers have been murdered and their guns stolen??!! And Guns are like drugs free and easy to buy off the streets!!! Govt seriously needs to look into this whole gun issue!!!!

  • annemariebotha.lanigan - 2012-11-07 21:47

    So with an average 48 murders per day (stats taken from united nations 2011 stats), this means that 45 men/children per day are murdered. Something doesn't add up. I agree that 3 women per day is horrific, however, I think the rate might be higher still

      merven.halo - 2012-11-08 09:54

      Was just thinking the same thing.

  • Mike Peach Purchase - 2012-11-07 21:48

    Did this forum say married women?

  • Tello Moleko - 2012-11-07 21:50

    now u refer me to another person,maybe u dont have answer. i was just asking

  • brionyl.french - 2012-11-08 06:24

    This is sad and disgusting that women are targeted by sick lil pigs thinking they are men!

  • tobie.schalkwyk.7 - 2012-11-08 06:55

    Something does not add up. If I remember correctly, our official figures reflect 43 murders per day. And only 3 of those are women? Someone did not attend maths classes at school - and it was not me...

      garth.philpot - 2012-11-08 08:07

      It would seem that 3 a day are dying at the hand of a spouse or partner, but I agree, the article is not well written. My initial response was the same thing, 40 men dying a day vs 3 women... If that is correct ( only 3 women vs 40 men ) then they are doing a whole lot better than the men :D

  • mart.botha - 2012-11-08 08:55

    Many men are cowards....many women don't know when to shutup....many lawyers have no conscience......many SAPS personel are to worrioed about infringing on the suspect's rights......many innovative policies and procedures need to be introduced into the justice system .....and finally with a population of 52 million there is bound to be social and community discourse because the ideal population size for this country has to be a lot less than the current count.

  • tertius.aswegen - 2012-11-08 09:16

    Hmmmm well done news24 for once again not checking your facts. These numbers doesnt seem right. That withstanding... it is disgracefull this disregard for life by some. Death penalty... for people who do not respect others lives. Not for the fact of taking more lives, maybe it just makes someone think twice at least before committing murder!

      tobie.schalkwyk.7 - 2012-11-08 10:29

      Our honourable president reckons that the death penalty is not a deterrent. I strongly disagree, BUT let's say is right (which I know he is not!) - it will at least remove murderers from society instead of rewarding them with free 3-star hotel stay for life!

  • Nyameko Icebrk Mateke - 2013-03-19 11:20

    all man in this country should be ashamed of themselves

  • Vutlhari Tyron Maringa - 2013-03-19 11:39

    I think the law is doing less in bringing the murderous to justice, think they must think that a human being is not like an animal you can kill at any given time, so please please judge the criminals with a mind like it was your own family killed 50 years upwards in prison.

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