Year Published: 2015

Authors: Shanaaz Mathews, Rachel Jewkes and Naeemah Abrahams

Publisher: Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, Oxford University Press

Suggested Citation: Mathews S, Jewkes R & Abrahams N (2015) 'So now i'm the man': Intimate partner femicide and its interconnections with expressions of masculinities in South Africa. The British Journal of Criminology, 55(1): 107-124. Centre for Crime and Justice Studies:


Intimate femicide, the killing of a woman by an intimate partner, is the leading cause of female murder in South Africa. Research on men who kill in South Africa has highlighted the psychological damage caused by exposure to severe adversity in childhood, but this alone does not explain the gendered context of these murders. This article presents analyses from in-depth interviews with 20 incarcerated men who killed their partners and explores their views on and relationships with women.