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”.