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Latest items for South Africa

April 4, 2019, 7:45 a.m.
Countries: Argentina, Bahamas, Belize, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Iraq, Mexico, Moldova, South Africa, United States, Venezuela
Variables: MURDER-SCALE-3

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April 4, 2019, 7:40 a.m.
Countries: Argentina, Bahamas, Belize, Brazil, Cape Verde, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Iraq, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Moldova, Panama, Paraguay, South Africa, Suriname, Trinidad/Tobago, United States, Venezuela
Variables: MURDER-SCALE-2

2.0
April 4, 2019, 7:27 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan, Belize, Benin, Bolivia, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Rep, Colombia, Cote D'Ivoire, Cuba, D R Congo, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Iraq, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Mexico, Namibia, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, Suriname, Tanzania, Togo, Trinidad/Tobago, Uganda, Uruguay, Venezuela, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Variables: MURDER-SCALE-3

4.0
March 21, 2019, 1:45 p.m.
Countries: Belgium, Bolivia, Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Mozambique, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Rwanda, Senegal, Serbia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Trinidad/Tobago, Uganda
Variables: GP-SCALE-1

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Feb. 14, 2019, 7:38 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: MURDER-DATA-4

According to calculations based off of data collected from the WHO mortality database, the femicie rate for 15-44 year olds in 2010 was 3.60 per 100,000 female (15-44 age) population. There were 459 incidents of femicide (15-44 year old victims) and female (15-44 aged) population was reported as 12,752,725 in that year.
Feb. 8, 2019, 3:30 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"South Africa increased the percentage of wages received during maternity leave from 60% to 66%" (p. 40).
Feb. 5, 2019, 6:41 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: LBHO-DATA-1

"42.0% of seats in the lower/single house of South Africa (167 out of 398 total seats) are held by women. 35.2% of seats in the upper house/Senate of South Africa (19 out of 54 total seats) are held by women"
Feb. 5, 2019, 6:40 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: GP-DATA-1

"41.7% of ministerial positions in South Africa (15 out of 36 total positions) are held by women"
Jan. 31, 2019, 8:14 p.m.
Countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Barbados, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Georgia, Haiti, Malaysia, Philippines, South Africa
Variables: SUICIDE-SCALE-2

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Jan. 31, 2019, 6:56 p.m.
Countries: Armenia, Bahrain, Egypt, Georgia, Jamaica, Oman, Qatar, South Africa, United Kingdom
Variables: SUICIDE-SCALE-2

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Jan. 31, 2019, 3:46 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: SUICIDE-DATA-2

According to the World Health Organization, the total number of suicides for women ages 15-54 in 2005 was 78. Based on population numbers for this age group in this year from the US Census Bureau's International Database, this translates to a suicide rate of .55 per 100,000 for women ages 15-54 (TPJ - CODER COMMENT).
Jan. 29, 2019, 9:20 a.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: POLY-LAW-1

"Deceased is survived by a spouse or spouses, as well as a descendant/s: Each spouse will inherit R250 000 or a child's share, whichever is the greater and the children the balance of the estate. A child share is determined by dividing the intestate estate through the number of surviving children of the deceased and deceased children who have left issue, plus the number of spouses who have survived such deceased. NOTE: In case of a marriage in community of property, one half of the estate belongs to the surviving spouse or spouses and , although it forms part of the joint estate, will not devolve according to the rules...more
Jan. 29, 2019, 9:10 a.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: POLY-LAW-1

"More recently, South Africa, informed by the opinions of women, has also promulgated legislation which recognises the validity of polygamous marriages. The Recognition of Customary Marriages Act recognises polygamous marriages entered into before and after 15 November 2000, when the Act came into operation. Its Constitutional Court in Bhe v Magistrate, Khayelitsha ruled that not only should the wife and children be the primary beneficiaries in a deceased estate, but also that the civil law which regulates intestate succession should be modified to make provision for polygamous marriages. As a result, wives in polygamous marriages whose husband’s die without leaving a valid will inherit in equal shares" (3)more
Jan. 29, 2019, 9:05 a.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: POLY-LAW-1

"Each polygynous marriage establishes a separate family or house, with the husband being the common spouse to all the houses or families. The rank of each wife or the order in which she was married plays an important role in polygynous succession...Simple polygynous succession: Here succession is similar to succession in monogamous families. The eldest son (or if he is deceased, his eldest son) of the senior wife succeeds to the status of the deceased. If the eldest son died without any male descendants, the second born son (or his male heirs in order of their birth) of the senior wife succeeds. If the senior house failed to produce any...more
Jan. 28, 2019, 9:36 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: POLY-LAW-1, POLY-LAW-2

"Polygamous marriages are especially problematical. Customary law allows for polygamous marriages, with no limit on the amount of wives a man may take. In South Africa, polygamous families are divided into separate units or ‘houses,’ with each marriage establishing a new, independent house. Under simple polygamy, the male heir is defined as the first-married wife’s oldest son, or if he is no longer alive, his oldest son. If there are no male descendants of the oldest son, the first wife’s second son is heir, and so on. Without a male heir in the first house, the line of succession moves to the males in the second house; that is, the...more
Jan. 28, 2019, 9:31 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: POLY-LAW-1

"The rights of widows, including those in a polygamous marriage, are complex. In [South Africa], each widow is entitled with children absolutely (i.e. to the exclusion of other beneficiaries) to her homestead property (property in the house or room she occupies) and the common property (used by all family members) is to be shared between the widows. However, problems arise in the case of common property" (19)
Jan. 28, 2019, 9:26 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: POLY-LAW-1

"Kenya, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe recognize the inheritance rights of multiple wives" (10)
Jan. 28, 2019, 9:21 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: IW-PRACTICE-1, IAW-PRACTICE-1, IAD-PRACTICE-1

"The customary tenure system uses patrilineal transfer of land ownership. In patrilineal societies, inheritance and descent are traced through the father’s lineage and property devolves along the male line, to the exclusion of women. The male heir is responsible for maintaining and caring for the estate and its dependants: namely, the widow and the children" (para 15-16)
Jan. 28, 2019, 9:19 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: POLY-LAW-1

"In non-Christian households, polygamy and levirate practices, which compel a widow to marry one of her late husband’s brothers, limit women’s access to land because women depend on their husbands’ land for their survival. The only right that a widow of a polygamous marriage can claim under customary law is the right of maintenance against the male heir. The male heir is defined as the first-married wife’s oldest son, or if he is no longer alive, his oldest son. If there are no male descendants of the oldest son, the first wife’s second son is heir, and so on. In many cases, the male heir is a person who is...more
Jan. 25, 2019, 10:16 p.m.
Countries: Angola, Bahamas, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Rep, Chad, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Cote D'Ivoire, D R Congo, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Iraq, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Latvia, Lesotho, Liberia, Lithuania, Mali, Mauritania, Mexico, Namibia, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Qatar, Russia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Suriname, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Trinidad/Tobago, Uganda, Uruguay, Venezuela, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Variables: MURDER-SCALE-4

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Jan. 25, 2019, 10:16 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan, Angola, Bahamas, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Rep, Chad, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Cote D'Ivoire, Cuba, Cyprus, D R Congo, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Iraq, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Laos, Lesotho, Liberia, Lithuania, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Mexico, Mongolia, Namibia, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Qatar, Russia, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, Suriname, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Trinidad/Tobago, Uganda, Ukraine, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Variables: MURDER-SCALE-2

2.0
Jan. 25, 2019, 10:28 a.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: MURDER-DATA-4

According to calculations based on the WHO Homicide Estimates for 2015, the homicide rate for females aged 15-44 is 14.23 per 100,000 female population ages 15-44.
Jan. 21, 2019, 2:11 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: SUICIDE-DATA-2

According to the World Health Organization, the suicide rate in 2014 for women ages 15-54 in South Africa was .67 per 100,000. This rate was calculated by adding the total number of suicides for women ages 15-54 and dividing by the total female population for that age group (TPJ - CODER COMMENT).
Jan. 17, 2019, 9:50 a.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: GP-DATA-3

"The ANC, and the ANC Women’s’ League (ANCWL) in particular is making a huge contribution through the many struggles and victories we have attained' (Para 20).
Jan. 17, 2019, 9:50 a.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: CWC-DATA-2

"Women’s Month is also a time for reflection. We know that the mainstreaming of gender is imperative because it is women who are still the poorest in our country, and black rural women in particular. It is women who face triple oppression on the basis of race, class and gender" (Para 18).
Jan. 17, 2019, 9:50 a.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: ERBG-PRACTICE-1

"It was because of these brave women that today South African women occupy a multiplicity of roles: not just as wives and mothers, but as teachers, entrepreneurs, businesswomen, politicians, community workers, activists, church leaders and active members of society" (Para 6). "Despite a progressive legal and regulatory regime, women continue to face discrimination in the workplace, and are denied access to opportunity on the basis of class and gender" (Para 22).
Jan. 17, 2019, 9:50 a.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"This day also marks the 60th anniversary of the historic Women’s March to the Union Buildings by more than 20 000 women to protest against the pass laws of the apartheid government….Thousands of women have converged on the laws of the Union Buildings to recreate the march, many of them travelling long distances from other parts of the country. It was the dedication and tenacity of these women pioneers that forged the way for South Africa to become a society founded on the principles of equality and non-sexism" (Para 2, 4-5).
Jan. 17, 2019, 9:50 a.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: LBHO-DATA-1, GP-DATA-1

"Before 1994, only 2.7% of those in Parliament were women. This has changed considerably. Today 44% of our Parliament consists of women, and women make up 43% of Cabinet" (Para 13).
Jan. 17, 2019, 9:50 a.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"The African National Congress (ANC) congratulates all the women of South Africa on the occasion of National Women’s Day. This day is a time for both reflection on and celebration of the gains made by women in our young democracy" (Para 1).
Jan. 17, 2019, 9:50 a.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Domestic and gender-based violence figures remain worryingly high. Older men preying on younger women are cutting down our young people through disease and an eroding of social values. Women continue to be victimized through sexual crimes" (Para 22).