Radebe: Rape stats alarming

2013-02-19 22:12

Cape Town - The incidence of rape and violence against women has reached "alarming proportions" Justice Minister Jeff Radebe said on Tuesday.

"We are moving... to combat this barbaric conduct by merciless perpetrators," he told MPs in the National Assembly, during a debate on last week's State-of-the-Nation address.

Radebe said it had been decided to re-establish sexual offences courts to complement the work of the SA Police Service sexual offences unit.

"We are in discussions with the judiciary to ensure that sexual offences cases are placed on prioritised rolls."

His department was also looking at strengthening the "legislative framework" around bail, admission of evidence, and the "sentencing of perpetrators of these heinous crimes".






  • christos 52 - 2013-02-19 22:22

    Good ideas made by Justice Minister .

      Deeteem - 2013-02-20 04:31

      But surely Jeff, there is never a crisis anywhere in South Africa !!

      andre.vandeventer.16 - 2013-02-20 07:11

      Many Africans males don't perceive rape as a crime but as their manly right. It's part of their culture!

      kalabafazi - 2013-02-20 09:29

      More usless "big talk" from the government. It's almost like every week another minister takes over the "talk" baton, condemns the violence and criminality in the country and goes back to being a useless slob behind a desk.

  • sagebrush.bush - 2013-02-19 22:28

    While the ANC has been ignoring crime over all these years it strangely appears to be a problem.

      hein.huyser - 2013-02-20 06:26

      The anc have spend more on one person's safety than the whole country put together. That shows you how and what they really think of us as citizens

      george.frangs - 2013-02-20 07:25

      Funny how there awakening coincides with the national elections next year.

  • Alan Smith - 2013-02-19 22:40

    Now he wakes up from his slumber. A little too late douche.

  • Erna Westdyk - 2013-02-19 22:44

    Wow do the government ministers live in this country. Little bit late, Jeff!

  • mike.burrows.37 - 2013-02-19 22:49

    Great deduction Scooby - The rest of the world has known this for years

  • jurgen.eksteen - 2013-02-19 22:50

    Indirect acknowledgment of what happened after these courts were shutdown in the first place.

  • Candice Joy Appel - 2013-02-19 23:06

    It sickens me to think that only after a barbaric incident such as late Miss Booysen's, we realise that rape cases needs to be prioritised. What's even more sickening is the fact that our bureaucracy allows for such inhumane acts to occur.

  • Avril Booysen - 2013-02-19 23:07

    Re establishing,discussing,moving,strengthening stats have been alarming for a long time.Even if it was one rape it is one to many.

      alwyn.vantonder - 2013-02-20 12:30


  • timothy.crowley.14 - 2013-02-19 23:22

    Its time for women to fight back and take many more precautions about their daily movements and carry a concealed weapon in some form at all times! Hell if I were a woman I would!

      byron.matthews.562 - 2013-02-20 00:08


  • melissa.bothe - 2013-02-19 23:30!/takeastandTAS Please help me TAKE A STAND

  • paul.vandermerwe.31 - 2013-02-20 01:27

    Death Penalty!!!!!!

  • dan.moore.12532 - 2013-02-20 02:46

    You can't lower crime in SA until you expel that rapist President of yours, disgusting!

  • Allan Rosenberg - 2013-02-20 03:15

    Blah blah bl00dy blah until it happens to your daughter Jeff

      jimmy.kawa.1 - 2013-02-20 08:51

      you are so right. on the other hand we all shy away a bit from the horrors until they happen to our immediate circle of friends and family. we gotta rabble-rouse with our government and tell them we have had enough.

  • David Broadfoot - 2013-02-20 04:06

    Really ! ! !

  • Hasani Booysen Hlungwana - 2013-02-20 05:28

    As if you care Mr Radebe sir, you only talk because everyone is talking. I think you waited too long to say that. SA rape rate has been dominating world headlines. . .

      Nkhangweleni Jerry Mulibana - 2013-02-20 06:17

      i think the President must bring back the woman he raped and ask for forgiveness

  • gungets.tuft - 2013-02-20 06:22

    Morning Jeff. Had a little sleep in this century have you. Minister of Justice FFS!!!!

  • hein.huyser - 2013-02-20 06:23

    Always "retrospective", too little too late. You do not deserve your seat in Parlaiment or a cent you got paid. Time to move the anc to the history books

  • Vagn Nielsen - 2013-02-20 06:46

    No sh-t, Sherlock! You and your buddies in government must start listening to the nation!

  • Nunu - 2013-02-20 06:49

    I've called the SAPS to domestic violence incidents on my farm. Thet are uninterested, they don't charge the man because why, "its a domestic issue". Seriously, this is exactly what they say! I've had 2 ladies die after their injuries, its absolutely amazing. Its like black people don't consider it a crime. (I'm making this assumption because the SAP people here are all black) So the problem starts with the SAPS who make their own laws according to what they believe in. A culture perhaps?

      Stavious Mamatepa - 2013-02-20 07:39

      Ofcourse they won't charge the man if the woman is not willing to open a case...

      jimmy.kawa.1 - 2013-02-20 08:53

      @stavious if you read, 2 women died. how will they open a case? a murder has been committed and the police don't care. how do you answer that?

  • Duits - 2013-02-20 06:52

    Wake up and smell the coffee! I can guarantee you bugger all will be done! Actions speak louder than words, bring back the death penalty!

  • bill.mckimm.9 - 2013-02-20 07:17

    Hey fat-head, it's your job to make sure they become less alarming. Did you think your only role was to get corrupt judges that would bow to the ANC will. You actually have a real job which is making sure prosecutions happen effectively and timeously. Didn't JZ tell you that.

  • sisie.indola - 2013-02-20 07:20

    Wakey! Wakey! where has this man been the last 19 years.

  • optmistic123 - 2013-02-20 07:25

    why is this not the headline???

  • Ian Robert Reid - 2013-02-20 07:51

    Radebe use yr powers ~ execute rapists and murderers 2hell with the human rights issue that doesn't count 4those felon's??

  • AndrĂ© Smit - 2013-02-20 08:03

    The stats have been alarming for years now! Glad you finally caught up to what everyone already knows. Like everything else that is alarming in this country though, someone who actually is in a position to do something about it will say: that is shocking! And nothing will be done about it. We are too concerned about the human rights of violent offenders. If someone rapes or murders in cold blood he has demonstrated that he is NO LONGER human. Protect the human rights of your citizens!

      Jaap - 2013-02-20 08:26

      If you have been shot, press 1. If you have been raped, press two. If you are bleeding, press 3. If you have been stabbed, press 4. If you are being robbed, press 5............. Your call is important to us, try to stay alive...........

  • joburg.comment - 2013-02-20 08:25

    Its been like this for years - are you blind or just dont you care

  • kenneth.loots - 2013-02-20 08:32

    Eish, I can't believe! The rape figures for SA are not new. They have been mentioned and debated internatiobnally for years. How come the government is only now starting to react? Oh yes, election time approaching.

  • zanele.hlatshwayo.589 - 2013-02-20 08:33

    Thank you minister for taking the plight of women in this country seriously,we need more leaders like you.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-02-20 09:11

      Zanele.hiashwayo.589. Don't be ridiculous, If there are no elections next year, Radebe would have stayed in bed a bit longer.

  • Audrey Denise Henry - 2013-02-20 08:34

    Bring back the noose, it's the only way to get rid of the scum that pernmeates SA society.

  • Muhammed Bhyat - 2013-02-20 08:52

    It's been 'alarming' for many years! But it's good to note that government has Finally realized this. More importantly, what is government going to do about it? Both government and civil society must work together towards if we are to eliminate this horrendous crime from society.

  • Visser Jooste - 2013-02-20 08:52

    I actually predicted that something like this will happen! Crime has been out of control for a long time so why only now? Although commendable can this sudden action be attributed to the ANC's response to a new perceived threat, Dr Ramphele's Agang party or is it just campaigning for the coming elections? The pattern is so predictable, before the election they'll make all these promises and you'll notice a flurry of activity on current issues, like this rape crisis. However after the elections nothing happens again till it's time to campaign for the next election.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-02-20 09:06

    Radebe woke up at last, like usual far too late.

  • vic.grant.37 - 2013-02-20 09:52

    If you want to combat murder, rape, and violent crimes etc,start at home. I blame the parents for not teaching their children to have decency and respect for others, also to treat others as they expect others to treat them. under no circumstance should bail be given to those charged for rape & murder.Those found guilty must receive a minimum 200 year sentence without any option of parole.

  • - 2013-02-20 10:17

    Minister Radebe - Stop TALKING. Stop FORMING NEW COMMITTEES. Stop WORRYING. Please DO SOMETHING. It is pointless sending these perpetrators to jail. They cannot be rehabilitated. Mr Radebe, if you do not want to bring back the death penalty, then chemically castrating them is the solution. Just do it. How many more women, children and men must endure being raped or even killed before YOU DO SOMETHING????

  • alwyn.vantonder - 2013-02-20 12:22

    It's a bit late mate.. How many years have we protested for stronger laws agains violence? They're just plugging a hole! This government doesn't know how to enforce law, the president and his corrupt friends gets away with everything.. How will the corrupt government enforce the law? We all have to stand against violnece, whether it's a bunch of fools with pangas on a mine, or the rape of a woman.. So, Radebe's speech menas NOTHING! You can't pick and choose when it suits you to act agianst anything! Rape is rooted in violence and hatred, address VIOLENCE and HATRED, and then you will win the war!

  • rory.n.price - 2013-02-20 14:24

    You boss is one of the Stats, hope you counted him in

  • dee.scholtz - 2013-02-21 22:25

    The women of South Africa took action against apartheid. It's time for us all to stand together again to rid our country from this scourge.

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