Published March 08, 2013
JOHANNESBURG – Reeva Steenkamp, the model and law graduate shot and killed by Oscar Pistorius, was statistically just one of three women killed on Valentine's Day by an intimate partner, according to a study on violence against women that damns South Africa as having "the highest rate ever reported in research anywhere in the world."
As the world marks International Women's Day, South Africans are locked in public soul-searching over the high level of murders and rapes perpetrated against women.
A woman is killed by an intimate partner every eight hours in South Africa, according to a study published in August and co-authored by Professor Rachel Jewkes of the South African Medical Research Council. That murder rate is double that in the United States, according to the report.