South Africa has a femicide epidemic. The interpersonal violent death rate among women and girls in our country is 12.5 per 100 000. That is nearly five times the global average and is the fourth highest ‘female death rate’ on the planet.
Many of the victims are often betrayed by a criminal justice system that not only fails to keep them alive but fails to punish the men who butcher them. In the first part of a series, Vukani Mde tells the story of Viwe Dalingozi: her brutal death, the botched investigation, and her family’s despairing quest for justice.