Here's what government has promised to do to stop violence against South African women

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Last year, shortly after the murder of
UCT student Uyinene Mrwetyana by a post office worker in Cape Town. (Photo: Instagram)
Last year, shortly after the murder of UCT student Uyinene Mrwetyana by a post office worker in Cape Town. (Photo: Instagram)

A pregnant woman's lifeless body hangs from a tree. Another woman’s remains are found in  a plastic bag dumped along a highway. A mother and daughter are discovered dead in a house after being missing for days.

These are just a few of the cases that have dominated headlines as the scourge of gender-based violence (GBV) raises its head yet again – a scourge described as “South Africa’s second pandemic” by President Cyril Ramaphosa in his recent address to a nation in the grips of Covid-19. Violent crime had increased during lockdown, he said, and “cases of abuse   of women and children have increased dramatically”.

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