South African girl on murder charge for killing 'would-be rapist'

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A 17-year-old girl, who handed herself in to South African police, is expected to appear in court, accused of murder, after killing a man who allegedly tried to rape her. The young woman stabbed the 21-year-old man, after overpowering him during a struggle, police say.

South Africa has one of the highest incidences of rape in the world. There has been a recent spate of killings of women in the country, which has sparked national outrage.

Pleas of self-defence must pass a high legal threshold to be accepted by South African courts. The country's laws on self-defence have faced criticism in the past, with some legal analysts saying the law should offer more support to those forced to fight off attacks in a society with a high crime rate.

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