A recent survey, carried out by Stats SA, delving into how South Africans perceive and experience crime has revealed that hitting a woman is deemed acceptable in some households.
The survey looks at a sample size of 30 000 households and shows that while a vast majority of SA households are appalled by gender-based violence, a worrying 3% - roughly 900 households - have no qualms over striking women for reasons which include “neglecting children, refusing to have sex with one’s husband and burning food”.
With an increasing focus on gender-based violence as a social and media topic, the survey has offered a window into understanding this modern plague.
The phenomenon has received much wider coverage, improving awareness substantially. The survey shows that 8 out of 10 respondents are familiar with institutions that cater to the rights of women and children in cases of abuse and discrimination.
The government has increased programs to educate the public on gender-based violence, but majority of the leg-work is still being undertaken by civic society.