A disturbing video in Durban of an Indian male violently beating up a woman emerged on social media this week.
Gender-based violence (GBV) is a profound and widespread problem in South Africa, impacting on almost every aspect of life. GBV (which disproportionately affects women and girls) is systemic, and deeply entrenched in institutions, cultures and traditions in South Africa.
The video shows the victim – a woman – who confronts the man over an alleged affair with a married woman. The victim reveals to the man identified as being Terence Pakkirie that she is pregnant. She also threatens to contact his place of work – Blake Attorneys – to advise them that she is pregnant.
As she pushes him to answer her questions over whether he can support his unborn child, he flies into a fit of rage and begins to violently attack the woman laying into multiple punches while she grabs hold of his bae’s hair and does not let go.
Please note video contains graphic violence, not for sensitive viewers.
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Societies free of GBV do not exist, and South Africa is no exception.
Although accurate statistics are difficult to obtain for many reasons (including the fact that most incidents of GBV are not reported ), it is evident South Africa has particularly high rates of GBV, including VAWG and violence against LGBT people.
Population-based surveys show very high levels of intimate partner violence (IPV) and non-partner sexual violence (SV) in particular, with IPV being the most common form of violence against women.
Sources: Facebook, Saferspaces