Modise renews call for castration of rapists

2013-11-25 21:42
Thandi Modise (Picture: Beeld)

Thandi Modise (Picture: Beeld)

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Mahikeng - North West Premier Thandi Modise has repeated her controversial call for repeat rapists to be chemically castration.

In February this year, Modise who was raped at 15, made headlines when she first proposed that convicted rapists be castrated, arguing that “the human rights of repeat rapists are not superior to those of the victim.”

“We know that we are being told of the human rights of the perpetrators. We are more concerned about the non-lives of the victims of rape. We are more concerned about the taking away of the souls of the victims of rape," said Modise on Sunday.

Modise was addressing students and community members during the launch of the 16 Days of Activism of No Violence Against Women and Children at the Mahikeng Campus of the North West University.

"We are more concerned about women who take their lives after being rape. We see no reason why the human rights of a rapist must be above the human right of a victim,” she said.

Modise added that her administration is mobilising women's organisations in other provinces to support her proposed chemical castration for repeat rapists, in order to petition the national government for a policy change.

“We need to disable the part of a repeat rapist that causes havoc. I’m saying that a solution has to be found by all concerned South Africans, a solution which will protect all the vulnerable people,” she said.

Earlier in the day, Modise, minister of the department of women, children and people with disabilities, Lulu Xingwana, and provincial chairperson of the Progressive Women’s Movement Jane Manganye visited a rape victim in Majemantsho village near Mahikeng.

The victim, a 33-year-old mother of four, was gang raped by seven men who have since not been arrested.

“The premier organised counselling for the woman and her children. She also personally opened a criminal case on her behalf,” said Modise's spokesperson, Moses Kgwele.

Kentse Badirwang, a rape survivor who has written a book about her harrowing experience, encouraged rape survivors to report and speak about their ordeal as a way to deal with their traumatic experience.

“Rape invades your emotion and physical being, but the emotional and mental state are by far the most difficult to heal. It has crossed the gender line because even boys are being raped,” said Badirwang, author of Kattie’s Arrow: Cruel Journey to her purpose.

Badirwang added that there must be continued dialogue and action every day, not only when a horrific incident has happened or on strategic dates.

A collective effort

Minister Xingwana said that while the country has made significant progress in putting in place legislation, policies and other measures for advancing equality and empowerment of women, children and people with disabilities, more needs to be done.

“We believe that the unacceptably high levels of gender-based violence require the collective efforts of all South Africans. The violence takes different forms such as sexual harassment, abuse, brutal assaults, rape and brutal murders,” said the minister.

Xingwana added that she supports the North West province’s One Million Anti-Rape Signature campaign.

Speaking on behalf of UN Women, Dr Sadiq Syed thanked the South African government for its continued support to the organisation and for its effort in ending violence against women and girls.

“The lives of millions of women and girls have improved due to the continual contribution and the efforts of the government of South Africa. However, much needs to be done to protect and realise fully the rights of women,” said Syed.

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