Femicide, a South African curse


It was hardly 24 hours after the conviction of Karabo Mokoena’s killer that we learned of yet another young woman who died allegedly at the hands of her former partner.

Zolile Khumalo, a first-year quantity surveying student at Mangosuthu University of Technology, was allegedly shot dead by an MUT ex-student at a student residence in Durban on Tuesday night. Reports say 21-year-old Khumalo tried to break up with the ex-boyfriend, who couldn’t take it. When the incident happened, she had been avoiding him for two weeks.

While questions abound about how the man managed to go past security at the residence with a firearm, the real issue is what made him think he had the right to take another person’s life because he had been rejected?

Such toxic masculinity has no place in civilised…

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