Femicide and the unlawful possession of firearms are significant and interconnected issues in South Africa. Femicide refers to the intentional killing of women or girls because of their gender, and it is a severe form of gender-based violence. Unlawful possession of firearms contributes to the perpetration of violent crimes, including femicide. Guns play a significant role in violence against women in South Africa, most notably in the killing of intimate partners. Statistics show that 80% of femicide victims attacked by their partner were killed by a firearm injury, mostly from a single gunshot to the head or face.
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