Johannesburg, 07 March, 2020 / 12:41 am (ACI Africa).
As South Africa struggles to curb alarming rates of gender-based killings targeting women and girls, a Bishop in the country has, in an interview with ACI Africa, highlighted the need to identify the root cause of violence targeting women for an appropriate way out of the societal challenge.
“In my view we need to get to the root cause of femicide so that we know what we are addressing,” Bishop Sithembele Sipuka of South Africa’s Umtata diocese told ACI Africa on the sidelines of the meeting of the Standing Committee of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi.
“There are a lot of speculations about it (femicide) but I wish somebody could do a true analytic study on it,” Bishop Sipuka who is the President of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) said during the Thursday, March 5 interview.
South Africa has, in recent times, experienced considerably higher levels of femicide with the 2017/2018 statistics by Africa Check showing that every three hours, a woman is murdered in the country.
As a result of the rampant killings, the South African government declared gender-based violence a national disaster.