Most murdered women 'killed by partners'

2012-08-21 22:18

Pretoria - Most South African women are killed by their husbands, boyfriends or same sex partners, a Medical Research Council (MRC) study has found.

"In South Africa every one to two women killed are killed by her partner," said MRC gender and health researcher Naeemah Abrahams on Tuesday.

The study, giving comparative figures of 1999 and 2009, indicated an overall decrease in female homicides as well as for intimate female homicides, referred to as femicides.

"Intimate femicide has become the leading cause of female homicide in South Africa," the report said.

The study also showed that rape homicides, where evidence of being raped was present, had proportionately increased.

Abrahams said the decrease in overall figures came as no surprise because police data indicated homicides had decreased in South Africa in last 10 years.

"We expected to see the same trend in female homicides, which make us confident in our data."

However, a comparison of all the figures indicated that intimacy homicides declined less.

Abrahams said rape homicides in South Africa had increased in the event of a non-partner.

"This tells us that we do not do a great job against feminine violence."

'Gun laws saving lives'

She said a general decrease in homicides should have resulted in a decrease in rape homicides as well.

No major changes in convictions in cases of woman being killed had been recorded. The level of convictions was still the same from 1999 to 2009.

Abrahams said the good news in the data related to a significant decrease in firearms used in female homicides in 2009.

She said there was very strong evidence that South Africa’s firearm control legislation, implemented in 2000, might have had a positive impact.

"Are we really seeing a decrease in gun violence due to the legislation?" she asked.

The report indicates that the number of woman killed by strangulation, stabbing or blunt force stayed the same.

Abrahams said the study showed that South Africa had to really work at the prevention of gender violence against women and children.

"We should not wait for women or children to be killed. We need to prevent."

In reaction, Gun Free SA chairperson Alan Storey said the study showed that the Firearms Control Act of 2000 had saved more than 800 women’s lives a year.

The number of women shot and killed almost halved from 32% in 1999 to 17% in 2009.

"It provides irrefutable evidence that stricter gun laws save lives," said Storey, adding that the act saved lives by raising the bar for gun ownership.

  • patrick.watson.737001 - 2012-08-21 22:36

    What a pathetic, stupidly written article headline and opening paragraph. "Most SA women killed by partners" and "Most South African women are killed by their husbands, boyfriends or same sex partners..." Does no-one do any proof-reading or editing of articles at News24? Is this the price we pay for free online news - a complete loss of journalistic fundamentals? Is it really worth it? I'm beginning to wonder.

      infijar.ken - 2012-08-21 22:46

      You saved me the effort!

      Mallela Isaac Mokholoane - 2012-08-21 22:54

      @ Patrick, i strongly agree with you. the writer is also one sided when reporting the outcomes of the Study. The Study is biased, we also want to know about the % of woman shooting their husbands.

      zaatheist - 2012-08-22 04:23

      How many women are left in South Africa? Seems if you get married or in a relationship with a man you are very likely to be killed.

      blue.spheric - 2012-08-22 05:34

      @Patrick...LOL...I almost stopped to think "when will it be my turn?" I believe the caption "Intimate femicide the leading cause of female homicide in SA" would have been more appropriate.

  • Mallela Isaac Mokholoane - 2012-08-21 22:48

    The heading paints Man as evil, though the containts of the article below show that the is a drop from 32% to 17% of gun killings. and the Study does not reveal how many Man are being shot by woman partners directly or indirectly. i believe the article/study is biased.

  • Michael - 2012-08-21 23:19

    dear god, most woman are killed by partners, eventually there will be no more woman left if "most woman are killed by partners". I hope the person who wrote this article is one of the Most that gets killed. Find a new job i think

      Xzaviera - 2013-02-18 12:42

      "In South Africa every one to two women killed are killed by her partner," ... HUH??? Poor journalism, as always... yawn!!!

  • Piet van Zyl - 2012-08-22 00:39

    aaaaaa!!! whO cares ?????????

  • indianajohn - 2012-08-22 01:37

    What a stupid headline. So most South African women are killed? Does NOBODY read these articles before publishing them?

  • Eyspy - 2012-08-22 03:28

    So, according to the headline, 51% of women in country will be killed by their husband or partner?? So stay single, it sounds much safer! Also, the quote: "In South Africa every one to two women killed are killed by her partner" makes no grammatical sense whatsoever. What does this mean? a)2 women were killed by the same person - Serial Killer b)2 murdered women shared the same partner - Tragic Threesome c)In a homosexual relationship one will always kill the other - Juliet & Juliet Just saying..

      blue.spheric - 2012-08-22 05:36

      HA HA HA HAAAA..................

      Havokreeka - 2012-08-22 12:36

      Am I the only literate person on this website? Headline reads: Most murdered women 'killed by partners' NOT: Most women killed by partners In other words: Most women whom are murdered, are murdered by their partners. Not more than 50% of women in the country are killed by their partners. "In South Africa every one to two women killed are killed by her partner" This is probably just shoddy editing, it was probably meant to read: "In South Africa every one out of two women killed are killed by her partner"

  • J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-08-22 07:11

    We understand the article perfctly well. Are these comments the best we can do?

      wesleywt - 2012-08-22 10:23

      Stephen, the IQ of the typical News24 commenter is -100.

      Havokreeka - 2012-08-22 12:38

      I blame the ANC for not being able to maintain a minimum standard of education. I also blame 90% of News24 readers, for having their head stuck up their ass.

  • deon.louw.7505 - 2012-08-22 08:46

    This is unfortuanely true, it also appeared in a SA Medical journal a few months ago. (SAMJ or CME) We live in a violent country.

  • sifiso.msimango - 2012-08-22 09:06

    i think this article writer forgot to mention stats about all men killed by their wives, girlfriends and live-in partners from 1999-2009 to enable us to compare aple for aple and produce a graph

  • martin.ferguson.7311 - 2012-08-22 09:44

    intresting to see what colour?

      thereevos - 2012-08-22 10:17

      99% black with a cherry on top.

      rudie.vanpletzen - 2012-08-22 15:53

      Color doesn’t matter here , they didn’t listen .

  • riotousr - 2012-08-22 12:06

    It has to be because of Uyanda Mbuli. She must carry all the blame.

  • flysouth - 2012-08-22 14:17

    Stupid and pointless article - but typical of the sort of drivel that is churned out by the propaganda factory! It's about as useful as saying 'Most murders perpetrated by violent people" And I wonder how strongly they massaged the stats to reach their conclusions ref. guns used in such killings?

  • alwinco - 2012-08-23 12:15

    Information is power

  • NtoBanks - 2012-10-18 22:52

    Thats passion killing, you love someone so much you would kill them, major insecurities..

  • shamiel.mathews - 2012-10-19 06:19

    Yes the article could have been wtitten better, but I think we need to focus on the message, which is there is a serious problem in how we as South African men deal with our wives and partners in conflict situations.

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