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Khumalo family show solidarity with Steenkamps

Themba Khumalo says he sympathises with the anguish of the Steenkamp family during this time.

A photograph of Zanele Khumalo is emblazoned on her mother’s t-shirt which she wore while hearing her daughter’s rapist and murderer’s fate at the High Court in Johannesburg, 28 March, 2014. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

PRETORIA - Themba Khumalo, the father of murdered pregnant Pretoria teenager Zanele Khumalo, says he sympathises with the anguish of the Steenkamp family during this time.

Zanele was raped and murdered by her boyfriend Thato Kutumela who has since been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

He strangled Zanele three years ago at her parents' Garsfontein home.

She was five months pregnant with his child at the time.

Since meeting the Steenkamps earlier this year, Khumalo said his family has been a source of encouragement for the model's parents.

Judge Thokozile Masipa earlier convicted Oscar Pistorius of culpable homicide for killing Reeva Steenkamp.

Pistorius was also convicted of firing a pistol under the table of a packed Johannesburg restaurant but cleared of two other firearms charges - illegal possession of ammunition and firing a pistol out of the sunroof of a car.

According to Sonke Gender Justice, more than 1,000 women are killed in South Africa at the hands of their intimate partners each year.

The Medical Research Council of South Africa found that 2,363 women from the age 14 and older were murdered in South Africa in 2009 compared to 3,793 in 1999.

Intimate partner violence is now the leading cause of death of female homicide victims with 56 percent of female homicides being committed by an intimate partner.

In 2009, one woman was killed by a partner every eight hours in South Africa compared to one women killed by a partner every six hours in 1999.

Chanelle Henning

Chanelle Henning was shot dead shortly after dropping her child at school in Faerie Glen in November 2011.

Henning's ex-husband, Nico, is accused of arranging his wife's murder.

The case against Nico has been adjourned until November because police are still finalising their investigation.

Police arrested Nico last year after the two men convicted for Henning's murder, Andre Gouws and Ambrose Monye, spilled the beans on his alleged involvement in the crime.

Dolly Tshabalala

Rachel "Dolly" Tshabalala was allegedly brutally murdered by her boyfriend and popular Jozi FM DJ, Donald Sebolai in June 2014 at her Jabulani apartment.

Sebolai's murder case has been postponed until October for further investigations. He will remain in custody until his next court appearance.

The former DJ allegedly stabbed Tshabalala repeatedly before confessing to her friend in a phone call that he killed her.

Anni Dewani

Anni Dewani was kidnapped and murdered in the Gugulethu township near Cape Town on 13 November, 2010 while on her honeymoon with her husband Shrien Dewani.

Shrien denies any wrongdoing but prosecutors have accused him of conspiring to kill his wife.

The British businessman was declared fit to stand trial last month by a panel of five mental health experts, allaying concerns about his state of mind.

The trial will begin on 6 October.

Bryanston Stabbing

Last month, a 41-year-old Bryanston woman was stabbed 50 times allegedly by her husband.

She was found by a passer-by who alerted paramedics.

The man was arrested in Pietermaritzburg after being on the run following the attack.

The accused attempted suicide last month after his first court appearance.