Violence Against Women in South Africa: The Role of Culture and Limitations of the Law

34 Pages Posted: 15 Aug 2006  

Penelope Andrews

University of Cape Town (UCT) - Faculty of Law

Abstract

This paper describes the role of culture in perpetuating violence against women. It does this by contextualizing violence against women in South Africa within the grand project of transformation taking place there, and highlighting the possibilities of fundamental restructuring, with respect to rights and equality for women, when the feminist project intersects with the non-racial project. The paper, therefore, visits a familiar question, namely, the obstacles to transformation when the eradication of racism takes precedence over the elimination of sexism, as it historically has in South Africa. In addition, this paper describes recent attempts by the legislature and courts in South Africa to curb violence against women. This paper concludes by focusing on the possibilities and limitations of the law in eradicating violence against women, and argues that a comprehensive approach involving institutions other than the law would ultimately be more fruitful.

Keywords: violence against women, culture and law, South Africa

Suggested Citation

Andrews, Penelope, Violence Against Women in South Africa: The Role of Culture and Limitations of the Law. Temple Political and Civil Rights Law Review, Vol. 8, p. 425, 1998-1999. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=924167

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