Some of the femicide cases that made headlines in 2019

Statistics show that every three hours, a woman is killed in South Africa. This is five times the world average.

Leighandre Jegels. Picture: @ArtsCultureSA/Twitter.

JOHANNESBURG – As a woman, imagine living in a country where you’re not safe walking on the streets in broad daylight, not safe in a public place like the Post Office, or even worse – a country where you’re not safe in your own home alone or with the person you’re in a relationship with.

That is South Africa and that is the reality of women living here, every second of every day.

The hashtag #AmINext started trending in South Africa after more than 30 women were killed in August alone – a month the country observes annually as Women’s Month.

Statistics show that every three hours, a woman is killed in South Afric a. This is five times the world average. Half of all women murder victims are killed by men with whom they had a close relationship.

In reaction to the killings, South Africans, mostly women, took to the streets early in September, calling on everyone to take a stand against women abuse and femicide.

On 5 November, President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation and said: “We agree with the women of our country that the state should oppose bail and parole for perpetrators of rape and murder against women and children.”

EWN has put together some of the names of women who made headlines this year after being murdered.

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Gomolemo Legae (18)

Murdered on 1 December while walking home (Ramosadi village outside Mahikeng). Legae was allegedly stabbed several times, before being doused with petrol and set alight. She later succumbed to her injuries in hospital. Before she died, she managed to scream for help and tell those who came to her aid who the perpetrator was. A 19-year-old man is in police custody for her murder.

Gomolemo Legae. Picture: Supplied.

Leighandre "Baby Lee" Jegels (25)

The South African boxer and karate champion was shot multiple times on 30 August, allegedly by her police officer boyfriend, while commuting with her mother in East London. The boyfriend, Bulelani Mnyaka, was a police officer who allegedly used a service pistol to kill Jegels. Mnyaka later died in hospital from injuries sustained in a car crash while fleeing from the police.

Precious Ramabulana (21)

The Capricorn TVET College student was found dead in her room off-campus on 24 November and had apparently been stabbed 52 times. It is also suspected that she was raped before she was killed. Aubrey Manaka (28) was arrested and police said he was found in possession of the victim’s phone. Manaka faces rape, murder and robbery charges and will re-appear on 30 January 2020 after abandoning his bail application.

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Uyinene Mrwetyana (19)- The University of Cape Town (UCT) student was last seen leaving her university residence Roscommon House in Claremont on 24 August. Luyanda Botha admitted to raping her before bludgeoning her to death on the same day at his place of work - Clareinch Post Office. Botha left her body overnight in the safe of the Post Office, collected it the next day and set it alight at a field in Lingelethu West, Khayelitsha. Botha was sentenced to a life sentence for murder, two life sentences on two counts of rape, and five years for defeating the course of justice. The five-year sentence will run concurrently, he will also not be eligible for parole before the first 25 years.

Uyinene Mrwetyana. Picture:

Nthabiseng Rampai (22)

The body of the 22-year-old was found in her bedroom in Welkom, in the Free State, on the weekend of 7 December. It’s understood her attacker waited for her father to leave, then he went in, and raped and killed her. The perpetrator has not been arrested.

Kgaugelo Tshawane (28)

Tshawane was murdered allegedly by his boyfriend Tebogo Setlhare, her body was found on 24 November in Mapetla Section, Mmakau, in the North West. It’s understood Setlhare burnt her inside her Mini Cooper. When he was later arrested, police found Tshawane's bank card in his possession, from which he had allegedly withdrawn R1,000. He is yet to be found guilty.

Aviwe Wellem (21)

The matriculant was found on 4 August - raped and stabbed to death in her bed in Dutywa, in the Eastern Cape. It’s understood a knife was also found on the scene and her TV was dumped at a nearby field. He killer (s) are yet to be apprehended.

Meghan Cremer (30)

The showjumper's body was found at a sand mine in Philippi in August - her hands were bound and she had a restraint around her neck. Shiraaz Jaftha, Jeremy Sias and Charles Daniels were arrested shortly after her body was found and they were found in possession of her car. Sias faces charges of murder, armed robbery, defeating the ends of justice and theft of a motor vehicle. Daniels and Japftha face charges of vehicle theft and defeating the ends of justice.

Horse rider Meghan Cremer. Picture:

Nhlanhla Mphahlele (43)

Mphahlele was murdered allegedly by her husband in their Boksburg home on 17 November. The husband Mzwandile Mphahlele, 48, was later arrested and charged with murder – he allegedly claimed that Mphahlele drowned in a bathtub. He granted R10,000 bail is due again in court in January 2020.

Jesse Hess (19)

The Univesity of the Western Cape theology student and her grandfather Chris Lategan were found murdered at their Parow flat on 30 August. She was found naked on her bed and it is believed they were both strangled. Almost two months after her murder, the family revealed that Hess's cousin had been arrested in Struisbaai near Hermanus in connection with the case. His case is still before the courts and he is yet to be convicted.

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