Three feminists from different parts of the world and speaking on a panel hosted by the Tshisimani Centre for Activist Education, argued that strict laws are not a deterrent to gender-based violence and rape.
Leading men’s and anti-abuse organisations, Grassroots soccer and SAPS’s Men for Change, and Agisanang Domestic Abuse Prevention and Training came together to celebrate International Men’s Day on Saturday at Altrek Sports complex in Alexandra township.
Research and non-governmental organisations that focus on policing have warned that the crime statistics do not reveal the extent of crime in the country but are only about reported crimes. This follows the release of national crime statistics on Tuesday by the Minister of Police.
Three suspects arrested for the rape and murder of Zanele Sandlana briefly appeared in the Khayelitsha Magistrate’s Court on Monday. The trio, aged 25, 33 and 35, appeared in front of magistrate Vernon Tjantjies.
The Mitchell’s Plain Crisis Forum (MPCF), an NGO working towards an end to the rape and killing of women and children, and some members of the community have vowed to oppose bail in the rape case of a 19-year-old woman from Tafelsig.
A recent report by Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) has revealed that 1 in 4 women have been raped in Rustenburg.
This, according to Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) means that around 11,000 women and girls in Rustenburg are raped each year. The report states that 95% of rape survivors have never told a health professional of the incident, and only half of those surveyed knew that HIV could be prevented after being raped. According to MSF Epidemiologist Sarah-Jane Steele, the findings show that rape is not only highly prevalent in the Rustenburg municipality, but that opportunities to reduce the more serious health impacts of rape are being missed.