'Women more likely to be killed by partners in SA'

Pre-sentencing proceedings are underway in the case of convicted murderer Donald Sebolai.

FILE: Donald Sebolai talks to a relative inside the Palm Ridge Magistrates Court. Picture: Thando Kubheka/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The High Court sitting in Palm Ridge has heard women are more likely to die at the hands of their partners in South Africa compared to anywhere else in the world.

Pre-sentencing proceedings are currently under way in the case of convicted murderer and former Jozi FM DJ Donald Sebolai.

He stabbed his girlfriend Dolly Tshabalala to death at his Soweto flat in June last year.

Gender and health researcher Professor Rachel Jewkes from the South African Medical Research Council was the State's first witness in aggravation of sentence.

She took the court through her studies conducted mainly around violence against women in the country.

In 1999, one of professor Jewkes' studies found that 57 percent of women who were murdered in South Africa died at the hands of their intimate partners.

#DonaldSebolia Jewkes: Female femicide is more prevalent amongst black and coloured women. TK

#DonaldSebolai Jewkes: The conviction rate is only at 37.4 percent. TK

She also referred to research conducted in 2009 which found that over 30 percent of women who were killed were stabbed.

Sebolai sat in the dock listening attentively with his hand on his chin as Jewkes went through her findings.

The public gallery is packed to capacity with relatives and friends and some are wearing T-shirts with images of Tshabalala's face and holding placards calling for Sebolai to be sentenced to life behind bars.

#DonaldSebolai Some people in the public gallery showing their support for Dolly Tshabalala's family. TK pic.twitter.com/pYU76hG6pQ