Laws protecting women and children in SA

South Africa has one of the highest rates of domestic violence in the world. Women are murdered, physically and sexually assaulted, threatened and humiliated by their partners on the hour. Several organisations have estimated that one out of every 6 women are regularly assaulted by their partners.

According to crime statistics collected, 3,478 women and children were murdered in 2017, 2,639 being women, 574 boys and 265 girls.

The country saw a number of femicide cases where the perpetrator was romantically linked to the victim, one such case being Karabo Mokoena who was killed by her lover Sandile Montsoe in April 2017 and has since been sentenced to 32 years in jail.

Acting Judge Peet Johnson described Mantsoe as the ‘devil in disguise’ who will now be an outcast in the community and deserve nothing less than harsh punishment.

“Although the final outcome of the case will never return the Mokoena family their beloved daughter, we hope that the manner in which justice was served will contribute significantly to assisting the deceased’s family begin the long journey of healing and hopefully find closure.”

South Africa has an Act that intends to afford women protection in cases of domestic violence by creating obligations on law enforcements bodies such as the South African Police Service to protect victims as far as possible. 

The Act 116 of 1998 recognise that domestic violence is a serious crime against the society and extends the definition of domestic violence to include not only married women and their children but also unmarried women who are involved in relationships or living partners.








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