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Media united in outrage over rape

2013-02-08 22:04

Johannesburg - The public outcry about the rape and murder of Bredasdorp teenager Anene Booysen shows that people are "sick and tired of this", Commission for Gender Equality spokesperson Javu Baloyi said on Friday.

"For once people are united behind this. We are not trying to outwit each other," Baloyi said of editorials and social media commentary about the crime.

Facebook, Twitter and Blackberry profiles were changed to logos advocating a stand against rape, and a cartoon by Jerm (Jeremy Nell) of a bloodied hand with the words "please stop raping me" was shared and tweeted.

Booysen, 17, was found raped and severely injured at a construction site on Saturday morning and died in hospital that night.

Three people have been arrested. One has already appeared in court. The other two are due to appear on Tuesday.

The Star joined LeadSA with a front page promotion headlined "Stand up Against Rape", and Talk Radio 702 played a sonar beep every four minutes on Friday to raise awareness about rape.

This followed a BBC website article titled: "Will South Africans Ever Be Shocked by Rape?"

"In recent days commentators and campaigners here have looked, almost enviously, towards India, wondering what it might take to provoke a similar sense of outrage - and angrily debating whether outrage itself is enough, and who, or what, to blame," wrote BBC News Africa correspondent Andrew Harding.

There were protests and international media coverage of the gang rape of a girl on a bus in India in December.

The hashtag #StopRape had been trending on Twitter, and anti-rape marches were being organised around South Africa.

Non-political

Cartoonist Jonathan "Zapiro" Shapiro published a cartoon featuring Booysen in the Mail & Guardian on Friday.

It resembled the First National Bank advert which caused controversy earlier this year.

The cartoon shows Booysen as a ghost standing on a stage reading: "... There will be a day, a day when the gang rape, disembowelment and murder of a 17-year-old girl would actually result in more than 15 minutes of public outrage and the usual lip service from the authorities. That day should be today. Inkosi Sikelele iAfrica..."

On the brick wall behind Booysen is a school emblem which reads "Bredasdorp... or any place. Rape for all".

Written under the Constitutional Court's logo on the right-hand side is "The Constitution. How the hell can it help you?"

Baloyi said a quick statement of condemnation released by President Jacob Zuma "the highest office in the land", had increased the amount of media coverage and heightened awareness of the crime.

Zuma described it as "shocking", "cruel", and "inhumane".

Baloyi said: "The messaging is not contradictory. Everyone is saying the same thing. There is no trying to be political in this issue."

Anton Harber, Caxton Professor of Journalism at the University of the Witwatersrand, said an aspect of the media coverage of Booysen's rape was that it was a non-political matter.

"So it meant all sorts of different people could speak out about it without venturing into party politics," he said.

"The president spoke more strongly about this than about Marikana," said Harber, referring to a police shooting in which 34 striking workers at Lonmin Platinum's mine in Marikana died in August.

Social media also allowed ordinary people to be more vocal.

However, "a bit of caution" was still required, he said.

"We will want to deal with the issue, and not start a kind of bloodlust for alleged perpetrators."

Media studies consultant Desiray Viney wondered whether there would be a greater focus on crime in the Western Cape, instead of other places like Limpopo, given the political rivalries in the Western Cape.

"That's what struck me this morning, that for the more mainstream media there is going to be a lot more coverage of rape and violence in the Western Cape."

At the same time, social media also meant people were able to express themselves more than they used to be able to, she said.

Friday's mainstream media coverage included an editorial in The Citizen, which called on South Africans to take collective responsibility in the fight against sexual crimes, and a full page poster on page 11 of The New Age, reading "Enough is enough!"

Comments
  • calvin.mbhele - 2013-02-08 22:12

    As an Anti-ANC myself I'm anxietly awaiting Zapiro's cartoon on this one, DA are you gonna say something? What's takibg so long??? Zoomer is a least problem we have in our country, farm murders,women rape is suppose to be a priority in our society, we can deal with the Mpisanes and Showers later.

      Brandon Cook - 2013-02-08 22:21

      amen calvin may the dogs die a slow death

      Thilivhali Fitzgerald - 2013-02-08 22:38

      go and watch ben 10 and being so stupid

      tersia.louw.12 - 2013-02-08 22:38

      They did speak, Calvin.

      dee.980 - 2013-02-09 00:44

      Whilst leaders of govt, church, shools, communities etc have a role to play - it is surely THE BEHAVIOUR AND TEACHING BY PARENTS, family members and societies adults where the greatest responsibility lies? Do we perpetuate patriarchy, do we teach conflict resolution skills, do we foster healthy debate, do we serve as role models as self respecting women who use their natural emotional strength wisely; do we serve as role models as men who use their natural physical strength constructively for protection etc etc. Because - this is a NATIONAL problem that is the responsibility of every adult ........ and not a matter to wait on govt to 'fix'..... With the rape and coercive sex statistics in this country - it is highly probable that MANY people reading this page are probably either RAPISTS / COERCIVE DEMANDERS OF SEX or victims - and govt a long way from dealing with your personal behaviour or living environment .... and cannot influence your children directly. Parents can - and should.

      wade.johnson.58726 - 2013-02-09 02:59

      Here's Zapiro's most recent cartoon: http://mg.co.za/zapiro/

      Gideon.Viljoen - 2013-02-09 06:32

      Calvin. You missed some of the news. Zuma spoke ones, DA spoke, visited the family, supporting them and is paying for the hole funeral. Don't see any ANC's around

      bullet.proof.9400 - 2013-02-09 08:22

      What happened was/is disgusting, so why don't all these organizations that voice their opinions protest and force this useless bunch of criminals running this country to bring back the death penalty. And don't tell me the constitution say otherwise. The constitution say plenty about racism and it is still practices by this racist government

      peter.woods.142 - 2013-02-09 15:45

      Would all those that marched on the art gallery over zuma's penis please now stand up and march for this.

  • rollingstone.kanyane - 2013-02-08 22:31

    This system of democracy can work elsewhere around the planet but not in SA it has now been tried and tested it must be revoked and start afresh

      womba.wonder - 2013-02-09 00:08

      You want a Zuma dictatorship instead? *facepalm*

  • Thilivhali Fitzgerald - 2013-02-08 22:34

    mr baloyi who ever u are shut up the president talked abt an a farm who was involved in an accident in zambia he doesnt even knw wat happened to dat kid oh !!maybe he knws coz hez a rapist too so shut up

  • Ntombenhlez - 2013-02-08 22:35

    It is high time that the death sentence issue need to be reviewed...criminals do not care anymore cause they know that we will be providing for them with our tax. My condolences to the family.*What a painful story*

      womba.wonder - 2013-02-09 00:10

      It's unconstitutional and it is rightfully and permanently dumped in the dustbin of cruel history along with slavery and apartheid.

      Shades - 2013-02-09 00:30

      Yeah, until you're the victim idiot!!

      marilyn.docherty.9 - 2013-02-09 09:35

      Please sign the Death for Rapists Petition!! htt://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/Death_for_Rapists

  • vivian.harris.73 - 2013-02-08 22:37

    People are 'sick and tired' of the endless crime in this country and the government isn't doing anything about it. They quick to pass a secrecy bill to cover up their corruption, but do nothing about the crime affecting the people. How many more rapes and murders and other violent crimes must we SAfricans endure?! All the government do is talk about should be done. Death penalty and public excecutions will deter any criminal.

      koos.meyer.52 - 2013-02-09 14:36

      The ANC are far more concerned with FNB ad's and walking dogs. Why do township people rape so much? Does anyone have any idea? Culture or apartheid to blame?

  • Daniel Jayson Brink - 2013-02-08 22:42

    Such an inhumane act should grant the wrong doer the same consequence. Only the death penalty will put an end to this, that or castration.

      Erna - 2013-02-09 07:17

      Death is too good for these monsters!

      Jaybeebaby - 2013-02-09 07:29

      Castration without the benefit of an anaesthetic.

  • jean.steyn.9 - 2013-02-08 22:51

    Zuma, it all starts with you, Mr President. You should refrain from promoting violence and as a start you can stop calling for your machine gun from stage. For a change you can also condemn illegal, violent protest marches. Don't forget that you were also in the dock for rape and you probably will find yourself there again for corruption once your term as president has ended. What example do you set for the mostly illiterate masses in this country? It starts with YOU, Mr President, and don't ever forget it. Get the picture?

      bob.small.7547 - 2013-02-08 23:15

      well said....but he is to thick to understand that!

  • hardy.esterhuizen - 2013-02-08 22:59

    And what about poor Carmen van der Westhuizen? Why is it that when a white women is butchered there is no outcry? It should not be a race issue but why does the media seem to be selective about their outrage?

      Mary Milne Archibald - 2013-02-08 23:52

      The savagery of her rape, the mutilation of her body and then being left for dead, the fact she was only 17 has lead to the outrage reaching this peak. The rape of any other woman is not a lesser crime and has helped to grow the feeling of outrage. No woman of any age, colour or creed deserves to be raped, to suffer such barbaric injuries. We, sadly, needed to be jolted into action, to find our collective voice to say STOP RAPE. Every 4 minutes a persons life changes forever, she becomes a victim for the rest of her life. We need to change that, we need to give support, to believe the crime occurred.

      MrMemetic - 2013-02-09 00:21

      It shouldn't be a race issue, Hardy, but you're making it one. Well done.

      dewaldt.duplessis.5 - 2013-02-09 00:26

      I agree hardy.esterhuizen it is a shame poor Carmen was hacked with a panga or an axe and her throat was slit. I'm filled with anger and sadness. But I guess it is not brutal enough to get any media attention! And what happened to Anene Booysen are just as sick and disgusting. Those barbarians that done it to her must all die! If I were a god of any kind I would smite them on the spot but unfortunately I'm but a mere mortal.

      wade.johnson.58726 - 2013-02-09 04:46

      @MrMemetic: Whether or not its a Race issue, one has to ask why a crime, as vicious as the multiple Rape & Murder of Carmen Van Der Westerhuizen, received such little attention from the Media. Rape is a HUGE problem in SA, & the amount of infants raped in the country is also statistically higher than most other countries, if not all. There have been many incidents where the victims die. Roz van Der Vyver was gang-raped & Died in 2011, whilst attending what she thought was a Job interview.The country wasn't Up in arms over that, neither was the media. Its almost as if the reaction of the public outcry in India, to a similar incident, has motivated SA to react the same way. And why? South Africa has a far worse Reported Rape Rate & Murder rate than India. And the amount of perpetrators prosecuted are slim. Jacob Zuma contradicts himself when he says that the harshest punishment should be given to the rapists, even though his "Special Remissions" program resulted in over 37000 prisoners being released early. 43 of these were back in Jail within a month, on counts of Assault; Kidnapping; Attempted Murder and even a Rape of a 94 year old woman. The media are not critical enough of Zuma & his promiscuous lifestyle. Zuma refused to apologize to the 94 year rape victim, but the media apologize to the Zuma family after the Spear Painting fiasco. FNB also kissed the ANC's Ass. If we as a country really had enough of the extent of Crime, then we would have voted the ANC out, long ago.

      jessica.owens.9828 - 2013-02-09 07:58

      There is so much rape murder poaching u name it. Which one is at the top of the list at any time.

  • mark.halbert - 2013-02-08 23:14

    this article is very insightful about the causes of violence http://www.nationofchange.org/culture-aloha-path-out-gun-violence-1360335121

  • Earl O Tool - 2013-02-08 23:18

    there is no such thing as an alleged perpetrator in this case. these men r evil, which begats more evil if they r allowed 2grow in life. i am sickened by this. that poor girl suffered. the bastards should not be allowed 2 live. where's the death sentence. y should tax monies feed them 4 a life sentence

  • patience.masemene - 2013-02-08 23:30

    This is a shame, condelences to families and friends of the young girl.

  • adrian.cloete.37 - 2013-02-09 00:47

    the punishment should fit the crime! It must be cruel and unusual...

      Erna - 2013-02-09 07:10

      I know a fit punishment. They should hang, not by the neck - too quick - but by their genitals, in public. Nice, long, and extremely painful.

  • kyle.johnston.7146 - 2013-02-09 01:05

    I say put all murderers and rapists out to the wolves. Let the people do with them what they see fit. I would personally love to rip these okes apart.

  • francois.vereen - 2013-02-09 01:58

    How can we fight this how can we stop this from happening again and again can somebody please come up with a solution please

  • nico.eksteen.7 - 2013-02-09 04:33

    Why not have a kind of blood lust for the perpetrators? That's actually what our attitude should be. These mongrels who commit these crimes must know the public is gatvol and are coming for them.

  • gary.doyle.520 - 2013-02-09 04:37

    A justice system that's in shambles and a president that's a serious criminal is not helping the situation.

  • Marcelin Felix - 2013-02-09 05:25

    the only way we gonna stop this from happening is to bring bk the death penalty

      bruce.gauld.5 - 2013-02-09 06:16

      I refuse point blank to accept that Anene died in vain. I will accept nothing less than their executions!!!!!

      dave.abner.56 - 2013-02-09 06:34

      Alternatively, the police must inform the community when and where they will be dropped off when they get bail. This community can then welcome then with open stones.

  • attie.gerber.1 - 2013-02-09 05:51

    now everybody condemns this act. the govt is to blame for this as they treat prisoners with kid glove, so people who perform these acts knows that they can do this and ends up in a five start joint and all is forgotten. if tehse criminals knows that it is dooms day for them when they do these things i think they will think twice.

      guida.d.abreu - 2013-02-09 20:27

      http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/Death_for_Rapists/

  • bruce.gauld.5 - 2013-02-09 06:11

    If Zuma doesn't reinstate the death penalty over this my anger might kill me.. I am so angry and soo sad at the same time. Every single time I think of Anene my eyes start watering.. I can't help it but to say that I again want to see them EXECUTED!!! I thought like many others that this feeling would simply disappear after a few days, its gotten STRONGER! Zuma had better do this to show that S.A will kill to protect us!! Animals must die!

      Maverick82 - 2013-02-09 07:45

      He won't, he raped a woman and got away with it, so if he does it will mean that he would have faced the death penalty himself....like shooting himself in the foot.

  • hymiem - 2013-02-09 06:33

    Time for all the real men to join in and support our women daughters and children. Look out for their future and ensure this horrific crime is stopped.

      guida.d.abreu - 2013-02-09 20:28

      http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/Death_for_Rapists/

  • arthur.salvado - 2013-02-09 06:37

    Rape is too common for the government to something about. The police rape people , men and women in the back of their vans and police cells. What chance have we got with such examples being set. I read the news about this rape and I cried and still feel tearful and I hear about it. South Africa, you should be ashamed of what you have become.

  • Malose-Nyatlo - 2013-02-09 06:39

    The constitution of this land and its guardians are the real enemies of the peoples of South Africa - they guarantee the lives and freedoms of rapists and murderous thugs. You don't have to be a boffin to see that. On the other hand, India has just shown the world how to deal with circumstances similar to ours, and the skies did not cave in. I fear all moral fibres will be shred to pieces by the time the judges are removed from their kingdom.

      Fernanda Malcolm - 2013-02-09 06:56

      absolutely!

      Tina Teixeira - 2013-02-09 07:34

      We need visible policing. Preferably non corrupt policing. For this we need to offer better education, better training and in turn better pay. We need enforcement of the law, cops that know what they are doing so perps don't get off on lost dockets or incorrect procedure, where arrests follow a crime. We need a judiciary that works, where judges are not corrupt, where magistrates have proper training and experience, where they actually give a damn and where tired, sleeping judges get reported and fired. This should all start with education, hiring of people who are educated or demonstrate the aptitude and willingness to learn. This is what we need, now how many people involved in these areas are actually going to DO something. Recommend that a colleague go for training, report a colleague that is corrupt, report a colleague that is a criminal, in turn those in leadership positions actually DO something about such reports. Send staff on training, fire incompetent staff, arrest criminal staff. Why do good people not stick together? Our complacency keeps these criminals safe and instead of blaming the government we should look at our complicity and ask ourselves, what have we done to force the governments hand. Good people should stand together, speak up and cover up for one another, the same way our silence or lack of the smallest actions cover up for the bad guys!

      Delene Labuschagne - 2013-02-09 07:42

      thank u malosa,,,i agree with u

  • aviwe.soga - 2013-02-09 06:45

    south african and the whole world lets stand together to fight again violation of human rights, especially of those children and women out there who don't have a man to protect them from such things. Imagin if this was your child or sister or your mother.

  • abbey.matloa - 2013-02-09 06:47

    South Africans as well we are united.

  • Danie Gerber - 2013-02-09 06:48

    The only way that we all can stand up against violence against children, women and the elderly is when we go to the polls and vote against the ANC. They don't give a damn about South Africa and it's people, all they care about is filling up their pockets. So, are South Africa ready to stand up against the ANC and take back their country?

      Delene Labuschagne - 2013-02-09 07:31

      liewe Danie jamr om jou teleur te stel my maat maar soos jy self weet, die ANC het zim angola mosambiek uitgenooi om in SA te kom plak vandaar die crime, en hulle stem almal ANC net om in SA te kan bly, maw ons handjievol sal nie maklik anc uitstem nie...en sou ons dit regkry, dan verdwyn daar mos stemme en so bly anc in die meerderheid, net soos in zim, ,,,,

  • Fernanda Malcolm - 2013-02-09 06:53

    http://onebillionrising.org

  • Ren - 2013-02-09 07:12

    Death penalty that's all wake up government

  • pierre.combrink1 - 2013-02-09 07:17

    I need to add my voice somewhere, I need to say I'm against this violence and these horrible acts being committed. I think it starts with the small things. I pledge to be an example to younger boys and men to treat everyone with respect. Each man needs to be an example to the next.

  • jon.chowthee - 2013-02-09 07:23

    Unfortunately the death penalty cannot be brought back because of the way our constitution is structured. I say if you hear about a rape in your community, find out who the rapist was and as a community beat him to death - they can't arrest all of us and if they won't deal with rape, we will.

  • Zoleka Mussana - 2013-02-09 07:24

    bring back death penalty

  • Pumla Mbiza - 2013-02-09 07:28

    Where does this kind of behavior come from? What causes it? How can we prevent it? How can we eliminate it? There is generally disrespect of women in our society, is it because we are termed the weaker sex so every man out there feels superior to every woman likewise boys feel superior to girls of the same age. Rape and abuse is everywhere, not only in a criminal situation. It happens behind closed doors in the comfort of homes where fathers, uncles and family friends rape and abuse children. Them it happens on the streets where women will be attacked by strangers or like in this Bredasdorp situation by people that they know. How can we make sure that the kids today don't turn out to be the monsters we see today? Will adding something of this fact to our curriculum help in any way? I don't know, I'm OUTRAGED!!! This has to stop somewhere but where????

  • J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2013-02-09 07:36

    We do not respect women, any of us. Even the soaps we watch on television, American and local, belittle women.

      jessica.owens.9828 - 2013-02-09 07:44

      Govt and men can't protect their women and children.

  • Delene Labuschagne - 2013-02-09 07:37

    im afraid NOTHING will shock this country, cos violence and crime became part of our culture,,,,,

  • Sasha D - 2013-02-09 07:39

    I personally find it so sad that it has taken this long for the pressure to have reached boiling point, what about the countless women who have been raped and or/murdered before? Hopefully something WILL actually get done about it NOW! The political parties must not try and point score here. They should unite together on this issue for the best interests of the whole country. For too long we have lived in fear that our loved ones might not make it home safely. What kind of country does one live in when you don't even feel safe walking down the road? THIS HAS GOT TO END! NOW!

  • hasanibooysen.hlungwana - 2013-02-09 07:40

    Atleast if we can all have moment of silence before court hearing takes place on the day just to show support and fight against rape. media being part of it. . Yes we can

  • Phillip Carlisle - 2013-02-09 07:49

    Everyone in the Western Cape should go to the police holding cells and make your voices heard. The anti rape groups and woman's rights groups should look to India and organize. People will follow, as South Africans we are quite apathetic, but we need to send a message to these criminals and government by uniting across all decides against this horribly barbaric act against one of our daughters. We owe it to all our people who have been raped and murdered. My heart bleeds over this. I just can't get my head around the hatred and pure evil of this violation against humanity.

  • Fernanda Malcolm - 2013-02-09 07:54

    State (tax-payer) sponsored ON GOING media campaigns, radio, tv etc. HOURLY...condemning rape and other violence against women and children...with clear warnings that any perpetrators will receive the maximum punishment! Thats the LEAST the govt should be doing!

  • Retha Stoger - 2013-02-09 08:15

    South Africans are good at mass protest, why not just organise a super mass protest? Rape and violence should be a concern and source of strong opposition for every citizen and political agendas should be abolished when it comes to this! No place for being politically correct when one of the most precious laws in our constitution is violated! It should be a national holiday so that all South Africans can participate!

      guida.d.abreu - 2013-02-09 20:28

      http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/Death_for_Rapists/

  • isabel.defaria - 2013-02-09 08:29

    Show their faces so that South African's can see the face of pure evil we need to keep her memory alive in a media campaign against rape , people must protest all over the country. Come on South Africa let's not forget young Anene and her terrible ordeal she is the face of south Africa's rape crisis. One last mention for goodness sake let's keep race out of our forums and stick to the subject if you cannot don't write on these comments.

  • Rob Eurelle - 2013-02-09 08:53

    The only way serious crimes like Rape & Murder will be curtailed is to reintroduce the death penalty deter those that think they are above it all. Gov changes the constitution to suit themselves how about considering the innocent for a change?

  • ockie.fourie.16 - 2013-02-09 09:18

    Give that scum to me for an hour and I will take photos when I'm done and put it on the internet to show the world what we think of rapists. Anyone care to join me?

  • dereck.chiwara.5 - 2013-02-09 09:21

    although I agree with ppl wanting justice but why can't we also as what was a 17yr doing in club parent must also have to answer

      leslie.erasmus.1 - 2013-02-09 10:16

      Dereck with or without parents consent this was a Brutal rape murder, what's your thoughts about the 75 year old lady being raped,news24 today,stop looking for motives for rape,there are none

      leslie.erasmus.1 - 2013-02-09 10:25

      And the 3year old girl????

      march54 - 2013-02-09 10:30

      And a 92 year Granny asleep in her bed.

      chantelle.govender.3 - 2013-02-09 10:52

      WTF...Seriously? It doesn't matter where the hell she was! Fools like u r the reason y so many rapes go unreported! Don't be a douche!

  • chris.duplooy.98 - 2013-02-09 09:57

    We as South Africans and as humans need to stop this "BULL". Stop all the blackberry messages, facebook status updates and tweets about crimes in general. Criminals do not respond to these actions, instead of getting onto our social media choices and writing or updating our statuses and actually think we making a difference. Last time I checked no one solved a crime with a facebook status or changed anything for the better. WE!!!!!!! As South Africans need to hold our politicians and police responsible for not doing their jobs. Instead they sit in their offices sending emails and making statements and tweets meant to fix thing. Step up guys and start doing something; this is not a white/black thing or even an ANC/DA issue. IT’S A SOUTH AFRICAN ISSUE!!!!!!!! Let’s stop letting criminals get away with things, 5-10 even life sentences are no longer enough. Our jails are to full, we need to start combating crime with no regard as well , why should a murderer get life after taking a life , why should a rapist get 5-10, instead of death? Why do we offer criminals jail time or should I say "HOTEL" we offer then 3meals a day, a bed, shower etc, for the poor community to get this murder, rape or any other form of crime with a sentence attached is just a way to get off the street and let the tax payer and innocent people take care of them. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Time to fight fire with fire, bring back the death penalty for crimes that deserve death, a LIFE for a LIFE.

  • druidpromo - 2013-02-09 10:23

    Rape has very little to do with the politics of the country, it has everything to do with the morality of the men who live in it. while I am not a fan of the ANC blaming the ANC for behaviors and values that parents and communities should instill is just incredulous. What you can blame government for is how rapists are dealt with when they are caught, shouldn't it be that rape is wrong because it's WRONG period and not wrong because there is a prison sentence associated with it?

  • Kimberley Williams - 2013-02-09 10:41

    this is a very sad story regardless, but isn't it a bit ironic that Zuma calls it 'shocking', 'cruel', and 'inhumane' when he actually raped a woman too, as our PRESIDENT (who is meant to set the greatest example)???!!!

  • maylani.bezuidenhout - 2013-02-09 10:43

    Well we live in a country where a woman is not seen as equal to a man, where women and children are considered the 'property' of men. Where rape isn't considered a 'real' crime by most men in all walks of life... Unless that changes, expect to see more of the same people. Anene I hope with all my heart that the horrific ordeal you went through was not in vain. You have become the voice for the countless victims who suffer in silence or see their lives snuffed out so that they do not speak of their suffering. I hope this will be the turning of the tide. You might not think it affects you but sooner or later someone you love dearly experiences rape and then you will see first hand how it murders someone's soul.

  • melissa.bothe - 2013-02-09 13:14

    https://www.facebook.com/takeastandTAS Help me Take A Stand against Rape. *We must be the change we want to see*

  • ANASKA - 2013-02-09 16:25

    Zuma started this in 2006 AND GOT ACQUITED of the charges tht he raped a family friend who was HIV Positive - the poor victim was verbally abused by Zumkie's supporters while entering and exsiting the courtroom and then he stated the most ridulous = "I HAD PLENTY OF SHOWERS" AFTER THE ALLEGED MUTUAL CONSENT OF THEM HAVING SEX and contracting AIDS would be non-excistant - he has a brain as small as a pea!! Anene Booyses had gone through a horrible death by being dissected from stomach to genitals that the hospital staff needed counseling to deal with the trauma after loosing a fighting battle to save her life - no doubt that most people are frustrated with a national epidemic!!GANG RAPING IS ON THE INCREASE AND THE GOVERNMENT IS POWERLESS TO SOLVE THIS HUGE PROBLEM!!

  • stephen.michaels.75641 - 2013-02-09 20:13

    Talking will bring nothing 2 stop this evil, only serious action against perprators will!! Surgical castration 2 be muted as punishment!!

  • ANASKA - 2013-02-09 21:32

    South Africa is once again in the spotlight for its out of control number of RAPES COMMITTED DAILY - ZUMA THE WHOLE WORLD WANTS ANSWERS!!!