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A survey on gender-based violence – The paradox of trust between women and men in South Africa: A missiological scrutiny

Zuze J. Banda
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 76, No 1 | a5797 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v76i1.5797 | © 2020 Zuze J. Banda | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 20 August 2019 | Published: 23 March 2020

About the author(s)

Zuze J. Banda, Department of Christian Spirituality, Church History and Missiology, College of Human Sciences, University of South Africa, Tshwane, South Africa


South Africa continues to be plagued by gender-based violence (GBV). Recurring incidents of GBV cram news tabloids, social and electronic media, creating the impression of a country at war with itself. Of great concern is that, at the centre of these killings, men are allegedly the main culprits. This then has unleashed national protest campaigns, one notably, by the name #menaretrash, led by activists, mostly women, who angrily voice their disquiet against men. As a response, it was followed by another, namely, #notinmyname, led by those, mostly men, who say, there are many good and proud men who will not allow the image of manhood to be tarnished. At risk is ‘trust’ which is an important social asset, the demise of which plunges any society into a state of parody. This article then seeks to establish the damage GBV causes in terms of trust, especially of women to men. To do this, a survey was conducted to test levels of trust under different circumstances and in respect of different categories of people and public figures. The findings partly confirm existing surveys elsewhere whilst also making contradicting and worrying revelations. The article tries to reconcile these divergent positions socioculturally and theologically and conclude with proposals towards addressing the scourge of GBV.


gender-based violence; abuse; femicide; trust; praxis cycle; patriarchy; religion


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