'Law must acknowledge continuance of violence and how it escalates over years'

A mother of two who has been accused of allegedly killing her abusive partner will on Monday appear at the Palmridge Magistrate’s Court.

Though not unique, this case is an example of how in many instances domestic violence can end in death with the victims being the perpetrators of the murder.

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Does our criminal justice system take into account women who find themselves in these situations?

Bongani Bingwa chats to Centre for Applied Legal Studies Gender Programme head attorney Sheena Swemmer.

Our legal system doesn't acknowledge what we call a continuance of violence and how it escalates over the years. We need the legal system to consider facts behind these matters and not just when the final incidence of violence happens.

Sheena Swemmer, Head attorney - Centre for Applied Legal Studies Gender Programme

She says the self-defence argument has not been acknowledged properly in South African courts.

We want to push the rights individuals have, in terms of the Constitution, the equality of the law and dignity. We want the court to consider the continuance of violence.

Sheena Swemmer, Head attorney - Centre for Applied Legal Studies Gender Programme

Listen below to the full conversation:


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