Bullard under fire over rape tweets

2014-02-05 11:45
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Cape Town - Columnist David Bullard has found himself in the midst of another controversy - this time over tweets about rape.

The tweets are directed at activist and journalist Michelle Solomon who says she was raped a few years ago and did not report the incident.

Bullard later called Solomon “a complete whack job” and suggested that she was possibly “out for revenge” after being “ditched on the first date”.

He has previously suggested that Solomon lay a charge against her alleged rapist or stop speaking about the incident.

His comments resulted in a Thoughtleader column from Haji Mohamed Dawjee on Tuesday and scores of tweets from South Africans.

Solomons responded with a column on her own blog titled “I’ve had enough. And so should you”.

Bullard previously made the news in 2008 after he got fired from the Sunday Times over an apparently racist column.

Attempts by News24 to get comment from Bullard failed. Just after 10:00 he tweeted that he was off to a wine farm “to restock”.

Last year, 66 387 sexual offence cases were reported to police.

According to research conducted in Gauteng in 2010, one in four women had been raped at some point in their lives.

Only one in 13 women raped by a non-partner reported the incident to the police, while one in 25 of the women raped by their partner reported the matter.

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