Modise: Cemetery rape despicable

2013-04-07 21:37

Johannesburg - The rape of a woman in a cemetery in Phokeng, in the North West, was despicable, Premier Thandi Modise said on Sunday.

"The rape of a woman at a cemetery is not only despicable and shocking, but highlights the need for intensified united action against the scourge of rape," Modise said in a statement.

In condemning the incident, Modise called on women to avoid high risk places that could increase their vulnerability, such as shebeens and pubs, since many perpetrators targeted women who were either drunk or who asked for lifts from strangers.

"Young girls and women should carefully consider those that they choose to go out with at night and the places they go to for entertainment given that not even infants are safe from sexual violence,” the premier said.

Captain Adele Myburgh said earlier that on Saturday the 20-year-old woman was at a tavern in Phokeng when a man approached her. He forced her into the graveyard and then raped her.

The woman reported the matter to police and a 37-year-old man, known to the woman, was arrested on Sunday.

The man was expected to appear in court on Monday.

  • Alan Street - 2013-04-07 22:10

    Modise you talk too much!

      Matthew Jones - 2013-04-08 09:30

      Enough talk. Time to show us your Walk Modise!

  • Raymond Lloyd - 2013-04-07 22:29

    Rape is being condoned by Modise when he tells women where not to go and how to dress . Why not tell the men he will cut off their organs if they want to rape women , because there are not enough toilet seats for all the rapists to sit on .

      Phae Rayden - 2013-04-07 22:40

      We are not dealing with men who can be reasoned with, or communities who protest loud and strong enough against rape. It is acceptable for too many men. Unfortunately women always need to be careful where they go in South Africa, its just one of the prices we pay, and it would be stupid to trust our men to behave like real men at this point in time. Can't wait for most men to evolve past dog brain mentality in this country.

      cokiswa.mhlahlo - 2013-04-07 23:20

      Modise is a SHE.

  • Lorenza Condon Marques - 2013-04-07 22:34

    i think many South Africans have heard quite enough from politicians... we have had enough talk... we've heard you say how disgusting rape is... you condemn the people who commit the rape... please stop the talk.... more action.... dont just talk the talk.... HELP us.... SAVE US... enough is enough....

  • Mantsho Tlali - 2013-04-07 23:00

    ANC is talk too much government and no actions, Women you need to go and show your anger when elections comes, Enough is Enough, You do no have freedom of movement at all in your country, now you have a President who is a former Rapist, forget about safety under his rule.

  • Mordikaai Speak - 2013-04-07 23:11

    Rape in any place at any time is despicable. Those that rape do not only disrespect the one they rape they have no respect for themselves as human beings.

  • lisa.gibson.54584 - 2013-04-08 06:41

    Bring back the death penalty! Why should these b@stards have rights, when they so unashamedly have taken away the rights of others??? So sick of criminals being protected in this country!

  • deon.duplessis.144 - 2013-04-08 07:42

    Stop "condemning" and start doing!!!! As long as there is no recourse for criminals, it is only going to get worse.

  • Arthur Salvado - 2013-04-08 07:42

    Why must women become prisoners ? This stupid government has been threatening to deal with rapist for as long as I can remember . When they caught, they get bail never to be seen again that is until the next offence. Those released from jail rape the next day. Let's work so that the women of this country enjoy the same freedom as men and in safety.

  • Kitty Van Jaarsveld - 2013-04-08 08:37

    Modise stop talking of how despicable rape in a cemetary is, RAPE IS DESPICABLE, no matter of where. Put your money where your mouth is. You will talk again when it happens to one of your family members....

  • Peruda Fourie - 2013-04-08 08:42

    Sure... blame the women for being out enjoying themselves. Why not create a curfew where all men have to be iudoors by ten PM. Then the women can go out, enjoy themselves and walk home safely knowing that any potential rapists are locked away indoors.

      Dan Moore - 2013-04-12 05:21

      In America, and I believe in Europe, we have Take Back the Night where women ban together and gather at night to show their collective strength.

  • Hasani P - 2013-04-08 08:52

    Something is wrong here

  • Enid Jill Matthews - 2013-04-08 09:07

    They talk and talk and talk about how despicable it is but what is really being done. Most of the perpertrators get a slap on the wrist and are then let loose to go rape and pilage again!

  • Tony M Ndlovu - 2013-04-08 10:04

    With a president that was accused of rape,what do you expect.

  • Mokeu Lesley - 2013-04-08 11:59

    Cut his balls and send him to me

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