The gruesome murder of Busisiwe Ngwadla and the light sentence given to her killer has put the spotlight on the effectiveness of police in dealing with femicide and gender-based violence.
It has become common for elderly women who stay by themselves in rural villages to leave for the cities for fear of being raped.
The magistrate made her ruling without allowing for cross examination of the accused..
To round off the year, here are just a few snippets of stories Elitsha overed this year.
The memorial service for Wongeka Vimbayo was held in Khayelitsha on Tuesday.
Women job-seekers have asked for government protection from sex pests.