South Africa is becoming an increasingly unsafe place for women to live in. The Crime Against Women in South Africa Report by Statistics SA shows that femicide (the murder of women on the basis of their gender) is 5 times higher than the global average. This means that in South Africa, women are 5 times more likely to be killed due to gender-based violence committed by men.
Horrendous tales of young girls and women going missing make the rounds on social media daily, with the occasional story catching media and becoming a national new story. This issue is so pervasive within South Africa society that 41% of people raped are children and only one in nine experts’ states that the rates of sexual violence in South Africa are higher than what has been statistically recorded as underreporting skews the figures.
Violence against women is an “assertion of the male power,” The solution to South Africa’s gender based violence crisis is not to task women with the responsibility of arming and protecting themselves, but rather to change the societal narrative around women, more specifically in the church on how men ought to respect and treat women.
The church must lead the way, for it is Christ who is the only hope for South Africa and the church is God’s chosen agency through which this can be manifested.
BUSA, therefore, takes a stand against and condemns all forms of violence against women and children.
Prof. Dr. Godfrey Harold (ThD (NT); PhD (Sys.Theo.);PhD (Pract.Theo)[Candidate])