Asserts the South African moderate-conservative columnist, about the country's extremely high rate of violence against women: "It is unknown, except for speculation, what happened at the home of athletics hero Oscar Pistorius on the morning of St Valentine's Day. One fact, though, is implacably true. A young man with a gun in his hand killed a young woman, Reeva Steenkamp. That reminds us that there are too many men who visit violence upon women. It must stop, but the old methods and the old wringing of the hands is not enough. It is time to talk to the perpetrators: men."
Mr. Malala zeroes in on the results of the fact that 1 in 4 South African men admit to having raped a female: "President Jacob Zuma, in his State of the Nation speech, said absolutely nothing about the seriousness with which we ought to tackle the issue. He spoke mainly about the National Council on Gender-based Violence, established last year. This is a talk shop that has met only once. Worse, though, the president seems to think service delivery protests are a greater scourge to our country than rape. He announced plans to establish a special rapid prosecution regime for protesters but cannot move himself to do the same in respect of the 60000 sexual assault cases a year."