Women, child abuse rising - Sawla

2010-11-12 13:28

Johannesburg - Violence against women and children is increasing in South Africa, the SA Women Lawyers Association said on Friday.

"Sawla is saddened to learn of several cruel occurrences on the eve of the 16 Days of Activism against Violence on Women and Children," its president Buyiswa Majiki said in a statement.

Sawla referred to incidents from the past few months such as the doctor who was raped in Pelonomi Hospital in Bloemfontein, the 15-year-old girl allegedly gang-raped at Jules High School in Johannesburg, the elderly woman and children who were murdered in Butterworth in the Eastern Cape and the Shongweni massacre in KwaZulu-Natal.

All these cases involved either women, children, or both.

"The alleged rape of a 15-year-old learner at Jules High School in Johannesburg presents a new form of barbarism. Rape on its own is more than barbaric, and Sawla is also deeply disturbed that this act was recorded on cellphone video," Majiki said.

She said what was disturbing about the incident at Pelonomi Hospital was the alleged involvement of a 16-year-old minor.

"Sawla calls on the National Prosecuting Authority to ensure that the alleged perpetrators in these cases will be dealt with accordingly."

During the 16 Days of Activism Sawla would be working alongside government to engage communities through various activities on gender issues.

The programme would also target young boys and would teach them to understand that all rights had "parallel obligations", Majiki said.

  • Jo - 2010-11-12 14:00

    Perhaps an interested minister or member of the Womens' League could record a song on a gospel ablum? It could go something like this: "Please, mister president, let's talk about this rape and abuse crisis. Can you please listen to your people?" The song, could include a soft chorus something like: " Siyacela baba, siyacela Msholozi." I know that there's already a song about nationalising mines, but perhaps violent rape and death are more urgent? Especially with HIV rates soaring?

      emmamimie - 2010-11-12 14:26

      Jo the people of this country really need God in their lives. I for do not attend church often but try and live a responsible and caring life, and I think if we could just give some advise in these comments like you have just done, it might sound corney what you just proposed but this is what these people need.

  • emmamimie - 2010-11-12 14:23

    Teach your children well especially the males, they need to grow up respecting their mother, sisters and their female class mates actually everyone around them. I always used to say to my son when he went out at night, remember that is someone elses daughter treat her with the same respect you give me, he has grown up to be a very responsible person has three children and they are being taught the same. Unfortunately the majority of our children in this country did not have that chance and have grown up in homes where there has been only one room and what ever happened there they were part of, so we have to understand these problems to day, but punishment has to be severe so that it will stop. Little children should not be left with irresponsible males.

  • jaycee - 2010-11-12 16:17

    This clearly shows that SA as a whole is only at the beginning of a new stage of terrorism, that of being at the mercy of cold-blooded barbarians. The time will come when numbers of women, young and old, will be cornered and a gang of these barbarians will systematically rape and abuse them. Similar to what happened in the DRC. And the government will promise this and that but will actually do NOTHING! I mean, imagine this young girl was your own daughter???!!!!

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