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The statistics of women subjected to rape, violence, abuse, discrimination, poverty and femicide suggest that South African women do, in fact, break; that they are human, they are vulnerable and desperate for any form of intervention. Picture: Sthembiso Lebuso/ City Press
The statistics of women subjected to rape, violence, abuse, discrimination, poverty and femicide suggest that South African women do, in fact, break; that they are human, they are vulnerable and desperate for any form of intervention. Picture: Sthembiso Lebuso/ City Press

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The “strong, black woman” is honoured every August in South Africa for her valiant fight against injustice, past and present.

Yet, during the fervent Women’s Month celebrations, there is deafening silence about the irony of this honorary title conferred on the weakest and poorest.

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