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It is ‘all men’, to varying degrees: men’s violence against women is a systemic crisis

This article was written by the executive director of White Ribbon Australia, part of a global social movement working to eliminate gendered violence. Replace “Australia” with “South Africa” and everything he says is equally true of our society. Inequality is so deeply embedded structurally that men and women alike see nothing wrong with mother-in-law jokes […]

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Sharp increase in UK child sexual abuse during pandemic

While South Africa and the UK have experienced COVID-19 and lockdown differently, some of the consequences have been as global as the pandemic itself. We may not have the same number of children in care homes, but our children and adolescents face the same risks from online predators. With children spending more time online, and […]

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South African Court awards maintenance and legal costs to abused wife in a Rule 43

We’ve all heard about the long arm of the law. While that arm may be long, it’s not always very strong. I have been embroiled in a particularly emotional matter. My client had been struggling under the pressure of her narcissistic husband for years. Eventually, she could take it no more and found temporary accommodation […]

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Five urgent and effective measures to curb the abuse of alcohol

Last week we shared some sentiments from Les Da Chef about the causes of gender-based violence in South Africa. While acknowledging the role alcohol plays in domestic abuse, he expressed his view that violence against women in our culture has much deeper roots than alcohol abuse alone, a view we share. But that doesn’t mean […]

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Alcohol not the sole cause of gender-based violence

‘The level of violence against women is beyond just alcohol consumption,’ says Les Da Chef When lockdown began and the alcohol ban was announced, we expressed reservations. While done with the best of intentions, we were not convinced it would curb the widespread incidence of domestic violence, despite the known links between alcohol and gender-based […]

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Give responsibly – make sure your food parcels reach those in need

Various organisations will make sure your food donation reaches the people in need As we contend with rising incidence of COVID-19 in South Africa (though still thankfully much lower than our European and North and South American counterparts) and the restrictions of lockdown, World Hunger Day, which took place on 28 May, has passed us […]

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Disinformation – now you can report it

Both disinformation and misinformation can cause harm, but one is intentional Donald Trump may have coined the expression “fake news”, but the concept has been around a lot longer. From free airline tickets offered on Facebook to cures for COVID-19 circulating on WhatsApp, unless you’ve been living under a rock you’ve probably been the recipient […]

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#GeorgeFloyd: Police Brutality and Public Violence

By Simon David Dippenaar The death of a handcuffed suspect due to a restraint technique employed by a police official in the United States, and subsequent rioting, death and destruction of property, call these crimes into question. Without wading in on the race and political issues, this post simply considers the legality thereof, under the […]

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Coercive control – here’s what it looks like

We’ve written about coercive control previously. If you’re still unsure what behaviours can be classed as coercive control, this article from the UK Guardian tells one woman’s story. Sally Challen was convicted of murdering her abusive husband and sentenced to 18 years’ imprisonment in 2011. Last year her conviction was overturned. Her son, David Challen, […]

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BREAKING NEWS: Court finds lockdown regulations invalid and unconstitutional

The recent South African high court judgment regarding lockdown regulations is welcomed. Government must be held to account by the judiciary. This is the hallmark of a healthy functioning constitutional democracy. The Constitution remains supreme. All regulations must be checked and balanced in accordance with it. Ministers, you’ve been legally checked! SD This article is […]

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