On Tuesday, Wits University announced that one of their students, Kwasa Zozo Lugalo, had been stabbed to death by her boyfriend after she allegedly tried to end their relationship.
The accused allegedly started chasing Kwasa around and once he caught up with her, he stabbed her to death. Kwasa was in Idutywa, Eastern Cape when she was killed on Monday, 17 August.
Wits University says that it is not enough that the government continuously speaks of putting teams together to evaluate the problem and come up with solutions for gender-based violence. The university says that the solution is simple: Hold the perpetrators accountable and let lessons on gender equity and diversity be taught in schools.
“Kwasa’s murderer was sober when he took her life. He had threatened that he would take her life if she left him. His family asked her to stay for her own safety. The solution is that we must realise that the men who abuse and murder women are men we know and men we protect by denying the existence of their violent behaviour,” Wits says.
According to SAPS, a 23-year-old man is being investigated for the student’s death. It is reported that the suspect attempted to commit suicide after stabbing the student and is currently in hospital under police guard. Once he has recovered and is discharged, he will be charged with murder.