South Africa's sick rape

South Africa's sick rape

Cape Town : South Africa | Feb 26, 2013 at 3:05 AM PST
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Particularly savage rape of a teenage South African abandoned dying after being gutted, reminded that South Africa had the unenviable world record in the number of rapes, protest recurrent n ' are not changing much.

Two of the perpetrators of this "gang rape" should appear on Tuesday to ask for bail.

The plight of Anene Booysen, February 2 in the small town of Bredasdorp (southwest), was disgusted the country.

This young 17 year old girl was raped when leaving a pub with a group? Men? which included her ex-boyfriend, according to the indictment - gutted, eviscerated. The victim was found dying by security guards and she died in hospital a few hours later, after denouncing one of his attackers.

But as every time a horrible rape particularly arouses indignation, blown quickly subsided. The media and the public are passionate about the business of handisport champion Oscar Pistorius, accused of murdering his girlfriend and forgot the drama of Bredasdorp.

"I think the public outrage has been largely driven by the media, which is also a problem because they do not focus much time on a subject," Judge Lucy Holborn, a researcher at the South African Institute of relations between races (SAIRR).

In the storm of reactions that followed the tragedy, President Jacob Zuma has condemned a crime "shocking, cruel and inhuman." The opposition has organized a (small) protest outside Parliament, the Women's League of the ANC (the ruling party) was "called to action" and the trade union federation Cosatu has launched a wide brainstorming to find solutions .

But the task is tough.

"Many South Africans are victims of their history and their economic situation. Unemployment and drug abuse add a boredom intoxicated at a social culture that seems to give men a right to women's bodies. None of this is can be changed overnight, "sorry is an editorial journalist Stephen Grootes.

"The brutality and cruelty against defenseless women is unacceptable and has no place in our country," said President Zuma in Parliament on February 14, calling for "unity of action to eradicate this scourge" .

But the head of state has not announced concrete measures. Itself has already been tried for rape and acquitted. He was appointed head of the Constitutional Court a judge who had reduced the sentences of rapists. And victim assistance center almost closed a few months ago due to lack of resources.

Every four minutes

Radio aired a few hours "beep" every four minutes - the incidence of rape in the country - to raise awareness. But some statistics show that a woman is raped every 17 seconds in South Africa.Especially in townships and rural areas where some believe, for example, that raping a virgin cures AIDS.

In fact, the statistics are frightening: 40% of South African women will be raped in their lifetime (as well as 3.5% of men), over a quarter of men admit to committing rape and rapists are HIV positive quarter.

The figures vary depending on the source because the majority of cases are not reported to the police. Only 14% of rapists would go to trial.

The law does provide for life imprisonment or rapes of minors? This did not stop Jacob Zuma to ask "the harshest sentences" for abusers Anene Booysen - but this perspective does not seem to calm the urges of many South Africans.

In the days that followed the ordeal of Anene Booysen, another girl was raped and killed in a meeting near Cape Town, and police arrested the Northwest rapist and suspected murderer of a "gogo" (large mother) of 98 years.

No later than Friday, a man raped a baby 2 years in the north of the country. He was released on bail after forcing two women, including a "gogo".

"The indignation does something, it helps to draw attention to the problem, but it can move very quickly," laments sociologist Lucy Holborn, saying the country would need is a police and justice effective, as well as education worthy of the name.




rsa76 is based in Karāchi, Sind, Pakistan, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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