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Survey: Some South Africans deem it acceptable to hit women

The survey is based on a sample size of 30,000 households and focuses on people’s perceptions and experiences of crime.

FILE: Picture: Pixabay.com

JOHANNESBURG - Stats SA has for the first time asked questions in its victims of crime survey to broaden insights on perceptions about women and gender-based violence, and paint a worrying picture about issues of equality.

The figures released in Pretoria on Thursday show a year-on-year decline in the number of households which experienced crime, down from 9% to about 7%.

The survey is based on a sample size of 30,000 households and focuses on people’s perceptions and experiences of crime.

The Stats SA figures show that only seven out of 10 South Africans think women should have the same constitutional rights as men.

While the country grapples with high levels of gender-based violence, the survey shows that 97% of respondents opposed the view that it was acceptable for a man to hit a woman.

Among the small percentage which deemed it acceptable, the justifications included neglecting the children, refusing to have sex with the husband and even burning the food.

Eight out of 10 respondents had knowledge of children and women-orientated institutions which could assist with protection orders or medical assistance.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)

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