UPSETTING FOOTAGE EMERGES OF MAN BEATING A WOMAN WHILE ONLOOKERS DO NOTHING BUT FILM

Four in 10 divorced or separated women reported physical violence, as has one in three women in the poorest households.

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JUST A THOUGHT: If we protected women the same way we protect Jacob Zuma, we would be a better country. Shame on this man and the people who were shooting this video instead of helping.

On average, one in five South African women older than 18 has experienced physical violence, but the picture of gender-based attacks varies according to marital status and wealth.

Four in 10 divorced or separated women reported physical violence, as has one in three women in the poorest households.

It’s a complex picture that emerges in Statistics SA’s 2016 Demographic and Health Survey released on Monday. And it is one that not only challenges societal attitudes of patriarchy and chauvinism, but also the effectiveness of government programmes and interventions.

Police Minister Fikile Mbalula urged women not to stay in abusive relationships, in the wake of the discovery of Karabo Mokoena’s body days after she was reported missing – and after she opened an assault case against her boyfriend to police.

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