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Reeva Steenkamp's Death Highlights the Femicide Crisis in South Africa

Today marks six years since she was murdered by her boyfriend, Oscar Pistorius. A plight shared by too many South African women.

It's been six years since South African model Reeva Steenkamp was murdered by her boyfriend Oscar Pistorius. South Africans are taking some of their time on Valentine's Day to remember her life and reflect on the crisis of femicide and intimate partner violence in South Africa.


The Oscar Pistorius trial was probably South Africa's most explosive trial to date. There has been none like it since. The beloved gold medalist athlete, Oscar Pistorius, was charged with the murder of his girlfriend in an elaborate saga that many South Africans grappled to understand for months to come.

Pistorius alleged that he had mistaken Steenkamp for an intruder in his home and shot her multiple times. His version of events had multiple loopholes. He then went on to state that he was mentally unfit to stand trial. Every trick known in the book was exercised by his formidable defense lawyer, Advocate Barry Roux. Pistorius was initially found not guilty, a verdict that was appealed and consequently landed him behind bars for 13 years.

However, today is not about Pistorius. It is about Steenkamp and the life that was cut so short at the hands of someone close to her.

Steenkamp's story is unfortunately the daily reality of so many South African women. South Africa's femicide rate is fives times the global rate. Every four hours a woman is murdered in South Africa and half of these murders are at the hands of the women's partners.

READ: The Daily Nightmare of Being a South African Woman Shows No Signs of Ending

And so when Valentine's Day in February or an entire women's month in August rolls around (purporting to care about women) South African women are under no illusions. They simply cannot afford to be.

Here are some messages remembering Steenkamp on social media.








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Sarkodie Is Not Feeling Any Pressure

The elite Ghanaian rapper affirms his king status with this seventh studio album, No Pressure.

Sarkodie is one of the most successful African rappers of all time. With over ten years of industry presence under his belt, there's no question about his prowess or skin in the game. Not only is he a pioneer of African hip-hop, he's also the most decorated African rapper, having received over 100 awards from close to 200 nominations over the span of his career.

What else does Sarkodie have to prove? For someone who has reached and stayed at the pinnacle of hip-hop for more than a decade, he's done it all. But despite that, he's still embracing new growth. One can tell just by listening to his latest album, No Pressure, Sarkodie's seventh studio album, and the follow-up to 2019's Black Love which brought us some of the Ghanaian star's best music so far. King Sark may be as big as it gets, but the scope of his music is still evolving.

Sonically, No Pressure is predominantly hip-hop, with the first ten tracks offering different blends of rap topped off with a handful of afrobeats and, finally, being crowned at the end with a gospel hip-hop cut featuring Ghanaian singer MOG. As far as the features go, Sark is known for collaborating mostly with his African peers but this time around he branches out further to feature a number of guests from around the world. Wale, Vic Mensa, and Giggs, the crème de la crème of rap in America and the UK respectively all make appearances, as well as Nigeria's Oxlade, South Africa's Cassper Nyovest, and his fellow Ghanaian artists Darkovibes and Kwesi Arthur.

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