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Black Women In South Africa Protest The Trial Of Oscar Pistorius

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south africa protestBy Dr. Sinclair Grey III

Domestic violence is all too common for women in South Africa. To understand this a little more, a woman is killed every hours by her intimate partner according to a recent study by the well-respected Medical Research Council.

This matter is being brought to light with the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius, the double amputee who killed his girlfriend.
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In his defense, Pistorius believed that he mistook her for an intruder. However, prosecutors are telling something different.

“The suggestion that Pistorius, the famous double amputee whose carbon-fiber blades on the track earned him the moniker “Blade Runner,” may have abused his girlfriend has forged an unlikely kinship in a society still fractured around racial lines. Black women have marched regularly outside the Pretoria courthouse where Pistorius’ bail hearing was held in February 2013.”

The most powerful women’s group – the Women’s League of the ruling African National Congress are committed to having justice brought to Pistorius. The women claim that they don’t know Pistorious or his now deceased girlfriend Steenkamp, but they are sick and tired of the violence happening to women.

“Demonstrators have previously carried signs outside his court hearings, with messages like, ‘No violence against women’ and ‘No to killing of women and children.’”

The women’s league are pushing for equal treatment among sexes. A gender activist, Lisa Vetten has called the brutality against women, ‘intimate femicide.’ At least 90 percent of women in South Africa face or have faced some kind of physical or emotional abuse.

Domestic violence is so common among the South African population that it’s rarely talked about elsewhere. Whenever violence becomes the norm, only the courageous are willing to speak up and speak out.

The good news for many of the women who suffer this violence is that Pistorius’ case is being tried by Thokozile Masipa, the nation’s second black female judge who is known for handing down harsh sentences for rape and violent cases.

The Pistorius case should be attention to what’s happening in South Africa about domestic violence against women. This tragedy needs to stop.

Source: The Root

Dr. Sinclair Grey III is a speaker, activist, published author of (5) books, life coach, and liberator of persons from all intellectual, social and cultural walks of life. He is a committed advocate for change. Email: drgrey@sinclairgrey.org. Follow on Twitter @drsinclairgrey. Visit his website: www.sinclairgrey.org