Killing of Women Continues Unabated in South Africa

Tshegofatso Pule, who was was found stabbed and hanged from a tree in a veld in Roodepoort, has become a beacon in the struggle against gender-based violence (GBV). The death of Pule, who was eight months pregnant at the time, comes after a spate of cases which include the rape of a 15-year-old girl in Limpopo which police classified as an "abduction", the hanging and murder of a 31-year-old woman in KwaZulu-Natal and the formation of an inter-ministerial committee aimed at ending GBV. These cases are the latest in the country's fight against GBV, which became a flashpoint in the national discourse during 2019 after the death of Uyinene Mrwetyana whose murder ignited national protests under the #AmINext hashtag.

#AmINext protesters wearing black in support of the fight against gender-based violence take demonstrations to the gates of Parliament (file photo).

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