Thembelihle Base’s killing puts back on the spotlight yet another Intimate Partner Killing Case
On 27 August 2017, residents of Manyeyeni Trust, Kabokweni, outside White River in Mpumalanga woke up to a gruesome discovery of a partially decomposed body of Thembelihle Base. Ms Base was reported missing on the 10 August 2017. At the time of her disappearance, Ms Base was seen in the company of a 26-year-old man who was known to her.
Her death brings back the spotlight onto the issue of gender based violence, particularly intimate partner violence. In this month focussing on issues affecting women, the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) has been using various fora or platforms to highlight the worrying and increasing incidents of crime related to gender based violence, particularly intimate partner killings. Most importantly, CGE is engaging men and boys about their role in ending the scourge of gender based violence as they are often the perpetrators of these heinous crimes.
The Gender Commission sends condolences to Ms Base’s family and trusts that they would find comfort during these trying times. As part of our Constitutional and Legal Mandate the Commission will be monitoring this case to ensure that justice takes its course. We therefore call upon the community of Manyeyeni to respect the rule of law and trust that the court will administer justice without bias and prejudice.
In line with the declaration of the International Conference for Women (ICW) that was hosted by the Parliament of the Republic of South Africa there is a need to accelerate reform and initiatives to address violence against women and its impact on the economic and social empowerment of women. Further strengthen working relations of government; civil society as well as private sector in fighting the increasing human right violation of women and girls.
We once again implore South Africans to join hands as part of the 365 Days of Activism to continue raising awareness and advocating against the scourge of gender based violence. The Commission condemns any kind of gender based violence committed regardless of the gender of the person who commits it. We hope that people will start learning alternative ways of resolving conflicts without resorting to violence.
Issued by: Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) Date: 31 August 2017 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.