Report incidents of rape - rights group

2013-02-11 22:34

Johannesburg - Everyone has a responsibility to report any rape or sexual assault of women and children, the Centre for Constitutional Rights (CFCR) said on Monday.

"Although the government has a duty to act, the Constitution places an obligation on everyone to respect the dignity and freedom of others -- ranging from wider society, to within one's own home," said CFCR director Johan Kruger.

"This means not committing these crimes in the first place," he said.

"It also means a duty to report such crimes to the [SA Police Service] and to demand that our authorities take effective action to protect our women and children."

Kruger said traditional leaders, politicians and teachers had a duty to make it clear that rape was not only illegal, but also unacceptable in terms of traditional culture and values.

"Acts of sexual violence are gross human rights violations. They cannot be condoned for any reason and may no longer be obscured by a culture of silence and impunity," he said.

Kruger said the CFCR lamented the recent rape and murder of Anene Booysen in Bredasdorp, but also every other act of sexual violence, reported and unreported.

Almost two weeks ago, 17-year-old Booysen was gang-raped and disembowelled after visiting a club. She was found, barely alive, at the Asla construction site where she worked, not far from her RDP home, but died later in hospital.

Three men were arrested, but one was later released due to lack of evidence.

Booysen's rape was condemned by all sectors of society.

One of the men, a 21-year-old, appeared in the Bredasdorp Magistrate's Court on Monday, with a towel covering his face.

His case was rolled over until Tuesday, when he will appear with his alleged accomplice. Both are in custody.

National Prosecuting Authority Western Cape spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila said the case would eventually reach the high court, where stiffer sentences are imposed.

African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) MP Cheryllyn Dudley said it was time for action against rapists.

"We are way past the time for more awareness campaigns and talking about rape - this must happen once the perpetrators are apprehended, sentenced and are facing the full and severe consequences of their crime," she said.

  • aserelina - 2013-02-11 23:19

    What's the use of reporting cases to the police station where I stay. My ex boyfriend comes to my house then he is abusive and threatens me and when I call the cops with my interdict they are more rude with me instead of doing there work. They don't even feel the need to come out when I call when my ex boyfriend is here.

      TaniaSS - 2013-02-12 01:15

      And so my sister was murdered by her husband. Move.

      mfanah.radebe - 2013-02-12 02:36

      Report those police men to IPID 0213990000,as for your so called lover don't let him get away with it please

      siphom.mnguni - 2013-02-12 03:40

      Report those policemen to the Cluster Head, if no action is taken report even the cluster to the Provincial Commissioner. There I am definitely sure heads will roll. If someone is in possession of an interdict I arrest without asking any questions because that is a highest authority issued by the judge. Good luck!

      debduplessis - 2013-02-12 06:30

      angelanair3 - 2013-02-12 07:03

      And the rapes continue....... When will it end? We dont sleep, we weep - we cry and we WILL try to end the scourge of rape!

      liz.rudy.3 - 2013-02-12 09:33

      @ Aserelina: change the locks on all your doors and do not let him in next time. Keep pepperspray, if he wont leave peacefully, spray him full of pepperspray, alternatively, find a new place to stay and do not let him know your new address. Best of luck. Stay safe

  • sean - 2013-02-12 02:01

    What South Africa needs is circumspective lateral thinking.Waiting on incompetent politicians to do something about our rape/murderous situation is damn outright stupid.We suppose to be a Democratic,civil society with basic human rights. South Africa had become a country that has a lot of violence in its citizenry as a cultural norm in mainstream for which young people growing up are overly expose to.Crime in any country should be limited to the far margins of our society,amongst the relatively few and far between criminal fraternity,not bloody every which way you turn in the country. Communities should be able to protect the lives of their children from the cowards and be given whatever help they can get in the smallest way possible to prevent another Anene Booysen incident.Rape has become a laughing matter to these criminals,so please stand up everyone and do something to help making a difference in our country.We all need to become hard as nails in face of this pandemic and show grit in dealing with these thugs and murderous criminals.Never cower or head for cover,but face up to them.

  • patrick.thapelo.77 - 2013-02-12 02:54


  • ian.robertreid - 2013-02-12 05:34

    The government does have a duty 2act ~ bring back law and order ~ bring back the death penalty now!

  • jmccaffs - 2013-02-12 06:36

    To who, the police. What will they do. They have no respect for woman and they will not take it seriously. In a matter of fact they would probably be the perpetrator themselves. Do people not listen and read the news !!!!

  • mapepaki - 2013-02-12 06:37

    Where and to whom must the victims of rape and assault make a report, please don't say the police, they have enough on their plates. Why is there not a call free number flashing across the bottom of the T.V. Screen or advertised on radio accessable by cell phone or landline. If you have a call centre make sure it's manned by efficient people who don't sleep on the job, pick their noses or jabber and let the phone ring endlessly. It's such an epidemic and has been allowed to become just that. Big deals make noises from time to time and then phew it's gone until the next rape and murder.

      riaan.coetzee.1690 - 2013-02-12 07:42

      The police have specific units called fcs units, specializing in rape cases. When an incident is reported at the police station, they are immediatly called to take over the investigation.

  • christiaan.louw1 - 2013-02-12 06:55

    "The case would eventually reach the high court, where STIFFER SENTENCES are imposed". I know a "stiff sentence" is the harshest punishment that these animals can recieve, but let's be honest, it's not even punishment to them. It's more like an extended holiday paid for with tax money, what a bargain! It's times like these I wish that some vigilante justice could occur, where these animals could be made to suffer far worse than their victim and her family. RIP Anene

      riaan.coetzee.1690 - 2013-02-12 07:39

      People who think prison is like a holiday destination, have never actually been inside one. Btw, I have, but it was for work! ;)

  • ray.molekoa.5 - 2013-02-12 07:09

    My wife was nearly raped when criminal terrorising the Mahube Valley suburb ( known as Mzekezeke ) broke our door in two pieces to enter our house . A detective (Laka) from Mamelodi east police station promised to get the guy ( he stayed two houses from us ) after we gave him about 80% information . On realising that the guy's older brother is a police officer , he wrote on the docket ; COMPLAINANT CAN'T IDENTIFY SUSPECT , and the case was withdrawn without him contacting us . The guy was arrested on a Saturday and released on Monday . So who do people report this kind of things to ?

  • ingrid.oberholzer - 2013-02-12 07:37

    Oh!!!! Please when two young girls in Johannesburg were going home from a night out they were raped by two cops the rape kits disappeared and the case was thrown out. Wake up South African this is a way of life, men have the impression it's not a crime.

  • beverly.young3 - 2013-02-12 07:47

    "Worldwide, 1 in 5 women will become a victim of rape or attempted rape in her lifetime according to UN studies" HOW CAN WE ALLOW THIS? In his state of the nation address? Zuma made no reference to the protection of women. @ aserelina, I know darling, I worked so hard to build a crisis centre that is empty because the police are USELESS.... I weep for the woman who are raped, in addition, the indignity when they try to report it, or go to hospital. I weep for all women.

  • Belinda Kuhn - 2013-02-12 07:56

    oh please, practice what you preach, the way these cases are handled is pathetic. It is a gross violation, and people get away with this daily.. why is most cases not reported, because these cases drag for years..and the poor women and children continues to suffer.. All because our government says one thing but does another.. i have no respect or trust in our justice system.

  • paul.oxley.520 - 2013-02-12 08:06

    Everyone seems obsessed with what happens AFTER the rape... Is is not a better idea to prevent the rapes in the first place?

  • bill.mckimm.9 - 2013-02-12 08:22

    What we need is leadership that has not been tarnished by allegations of rape as has JZ. What message does his acquittal send to the great unwashed when it was achieved through violence and intimidation from the Limpopo mafia lead by Juju. Everyone seems to have lost the bi-play ion this; your JZ's friend when needed but can be discarded like a used baby's nappy when the boss does need you. We need the fat mamas who do JZ's will to actually get a mind of their own and go after the filth that is perverting our nation with rape and violence against women and children. Here's a suggestion; bring back the death penalty for aggravated rape and murder (attempted murder) and not the nice way to go but the rope. Take a leaf from India's book, instead of only taking bribes. And don't allow drugs or alcohol as mitigating circumstances. Then we can celebrate the big drop for the Molimoli monster and these guys in Bredasdorp can end up in the ground. Doesn't bring back what they have done but takes the rubbish out (permanently). Then we can bring the same attitude to the rapists of Kwazulu Natal. Might protect a few kids to start with and also might keep JZ behind his zipper.

  • Peter Zylstra - 2013-02-12 15:50

    With a police force made up of ex terrs and the balance being incompetant dumb AA appointees how will they ever be able to fight the scourge of rape.

  • Kevinwilliams - 2013-03-05 11:44

    I was actaully so disgusted at the Police, People called them to a scene where there was a suspicion of a robbery. I passed by, and saw a man assaulting a woman [ His woman]. I confronted the idiot, and had the sops called. They came, drove in their cars, without even wanting to get out...wanted to turn back to the station. So, I confronted them as to why they don't get out of thir vehicles and do what they should be doing ?, and find out who called etc etc.. They jumped down my throat and made as if I am the culprit. Police needs to start to just do what they have been called to do....Protect....The other thing I did not understand, is tht when I asked them if I can make a case against the man tht attacked his woman.. They said NO, the woman must make the case. Now I do not understand how we are going to get rid of this scurge if, I the community cannot make a case of assault myself. I think if, men knew tht anyone can make a case things would be much better...Now where is the justice system in this when my hands is cut off, as a witness. THIS LAW THAT ONLY SOMEONE WHO HAS BEEN ASSAULTED SHOULD MAKE A CASE NEEDS TO BE CHANGED. Cmon ZA Gov.... step up and start protecting our people....

  • Vlad Wasinsky - 2013-04-01 07:16

    "It's time to act against rapists". Have them castrated, lace the drinking water with a chemical that would kill or minimize the sex drive, ban the sale of all the medications that increase sex drive like viagra and such. Problem solved !!.

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