Uyinene Mrwetyana went to the post office to collect a parcel. Natasha Conabeer left home to visit family. Jesse Hess was at home with her grandfather. Leighandre Jegels was on her way to her boxing gym. All were murdered in the past three weeks.

As this article was being prepared for publication, news came in that the so-called Dros rapist, Nicholas Ninow, had admitted to the rape of a seven-year-old girl. Then a grim statistic dropped: a poll by Ipsos shows that one in 10 South Africans believe men have the right to physically attack their partners...

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