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|CGE concern at the media undertones pertaining to Ms. Reeva Steenkamp’s death|
The Commission for Gender Equality is concerned at the way the death of Ms. Steenkamp has been reported by some media organisations in a way that shifts attention away from the core issue of gender based violence, and seeks to focus attention on Mr. Pistorius’s iconic and role model status. The consequence of this style of reporting is to present Ms. Steenkamp’s death as an unfortunate aberration rather than part of a broader pattern of gender-based violence in South Africa.
The death of Ms. Steenkamp calls for a renewed vision in finding interventions that are geared in curbing the scourge of gender based violence. However, some of the bias media reporting places undue pressure at the Steenkamp family as if their loss is nothing as compared to the situation in which the alleged murderer, Mr. Pistorius finds himself in. As the court case gets underway tomorrow, the CGE appeals to the public to respect the judicial process and calm prevails. The Chairperson, Mr. Mfanozelwe Shozi and the Deputy Chairperson, Ms. Thoko Mpumlwana will be at the Pretoria Magistrate Court tomorrow to monitor the case.
Issued by: Commission for Gender Equality(CGE)
Date: 18 February 2013
Contact Person: Javu Baloyi
Tel: 083 579 3306
The Commission for Gender Equality is established in terms of Section 187 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa in order to promote respect for gender equality and the protection, development and attainment of gender equality.