Sihle Sigwili, a 22-year-old clinic associate student at Rietvlei Hospital in Umzimkhulu, died after her ex-boyfriend stabbed her repeatedly on April 27.
According to the police reports, the murderer pretended to be a patient seeking treatment gaining access to the hospital grounds. He then found the staff residence and started arguing with Sigwili in her apartment. The students’ colleagues made him go but he returned later to finish the row with several stabs that proved fatal.
Bathabile Dlamini, Minister of Women in the Presidency, stated that Sigwili’s untimely death is part of the trend. Thousands of cases of intimate partner violence are reported every year.
“Violence against women in all its forms continues unabated. The killing of Sigwili has robbed society of a young medical graduate who would have made a great contribution to her community, and patients. There is no way to explain this killing other than to blame a patriarchal society that is willing to take the life of a women to prove dominance over another gender,” Dlamini lamented.
Dlamini’s department urges women to recognise the signs of toxic relationships and leave before it is too late.