Masimanyane welcomes Panayiotou, Pistorius verdicts

Masimanyane Women's Rights International welcomes the verdicts handed down in the Christopher Panayiotou and Oscar Pistorius cases as an important victory for women's rights and the rule of law.

The original five-year sentence handed down to Pistorius for the 2013 murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, was shockingly inappropriate and a grave injustice, not only to Reeva but all victims of domestic violence.

We welcome to Supreme Court of Appeals' decision to overturned the original sentence and to increase it to 13 years.

Similarly, we salute the sentence of life imprisonment for Panayiotou, who was convicted of murdering his wife, Jayde, in 2015.

Violence against women is a global epidemic and a national crisis.

South Africa has the highest rate in the world of women murdered by their partners - more than 5 times the global average.

The sentenced handed down today sends a strong message that South African courts will not tolerate femicide.

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