Femicide rears its ugly head again in Swaziland as boyfriend stabs first year university student to death

Communist Party of Swaziland

Tuesday 22 March 2022:- Nonduduzo Mabuza, a Southern Africa Nazarene University (SANU) first year student studying Primary Teacher’s Diploma, was on Friday 18 March 2022 stabbed to death by her boyfriend.

The Communist Party of Swaziland (CPS) reiterates its stance that there is no excuse for the murder of women, even if the man supports her in whatever way.

The CPS reminds the people of our country that, while it is prudent to call for swift legal action upon violators, the end of all forms of violence against women will be possible when the patriarchal system has been totally removed from society.

For the removal of patriarchy, we must unite and fight against the deeply patriarchal tinkhundla system and for the democratisation of the country.

Although information on the incident’s details is quite bleak, it has been confirmed by the institution’s Students Representative Council that Nonduduzo was rushed to the RFM Hospital in Manzini where she then lost her life.

Speaking to the CPS’s Women Commission Secretary, Sandzisile Mnisi, the Swaziland National Union of Students (SNUS) Gender Secretary condemned such acts of gender-based violence on women by their partners.

“The country has long been ignoring our laments on gender-based violence and this act of ignorance on these issues has to come to an end,” said the SNUS gender secretary.

The boyfriend in question is said to have handed himself over to the police after murdering Nonduduzo. To this very hour, neither the police nor the government have issued a statement addressing this issue or even communicating on what is being done with regards to this case.

The latest femicide incident proves once again that Swazi society still has a long way to go in eradicating the issue of gender-based violence among communities. Women are still the primary victims of gender-based violence, and men are the prime perpetrators.

The CPS Women’s Commission condemns such behaviour and calls upon all women and men to unite and fight against gender-based violence. The struggle for the emancipation of women is in our hands and it begins now, with each one of us playing a part. The democratisation of Swaziland will not be complete without the total emancipation of women.


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