Zuma: No one should be raped in SA

2013-02-28 11:37

Cape Town - Women and children should not have to face violence or rape anywhere in South Africa, President Jacob Zuma said on Thursday.

"No woman or child should be beaten, raped, stabbed, shot or attacked in any manner anywhere in our country, whether by known or unknown attackers," he said in a speech prepared for delivery at the launch of the Stop Rape Campaign at Glendale Secondary School in Mitchells Plain, Western Cape.

He said the ongoing abuse of women and children in South Africa was a critical problem facing the country.

"We have to build a more caring society in which the rights of all are respected, especially the rights of women and children," Zuma said.

'Horrendous attacks'

The campaign was being co-ordinated by the department of basic education and Lead SA.

Zuma said the campaign was to ensure that people came together to say these "horrendous attacks" had to stop.

Zuma said boys and men were also the victims of sexual assault.

"Importantly, we remind you that all cases of rape, sexual assault or any form of violence should be reported to the police," he said.

Zuma said police and courts were empowered under the Domestic Violence Act, the Sexual Offences Act and Children's Act to arrest, prosecute and convict perpetrators of violence against women and children.

"Our fight has been further bolstered by the re-introduction of the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Units at the SA Police Service from 30 June last year," he said.

"We urge you to use these units to report cases of violence or attacks. We have also taken a decision to re-open the Sexual Offences Courts."

Everybody's campaign

Zuma said the campaign was not just for women.

"It is everybody's campaign. It is also a campaign for all South Africans as this scourge affects all communities," Zuma said.

"Together we must say that abusers, murderers and rapists should face the full might of the law. In addition, we must support the victims of sexual crimes as to rebuild their shattered lives."

The campaign comes after a number of highly publicised rape and murder cases in South Africa.

On 2 February, 17-year-old Anene Booysen was raped and murdered.

Booysen visited a Bredasdorp nightclub on Friday, 1 February. A few hours later, she was gang raped and mutilated.

She was found at the construction site where she worked the next morning. She died in hospital later that day.

  • Joe Moer - 2013-02-28 11:41

    Rich coming from him

      squeegee.pilot - 2013-02-28 11:46

      If ever someone had a credibility problem...

      lucy.bush.9231 - 2013-02-28 12:11

      So here we go,talk,talk, One gets the impression that old JZ is milking this one just to get his face into the dreaded Western Cape...IDIOT,..!!

      Lucky Luke - 2013-02-28 12:14

      stop rape, give taxi fare!

      JanGrimbeek - 2013-02-28 12:21

      @ Gift Ndlovu , you mis spelled whorable, please correct your comment that reads hounarable

      alan.gernet - 2013-02-28 12:54

      eish - that was profound Mr President! Just no end to what a Std 6 can do for one.

      madmountain - 2013-02-28 12:55

      It's OK for him because he showers afterwards.

      Mlungisi Botha - 2013-02-28 12:57

      There was a time Mr. President when your predecessors (Mandela and Mbeki) said stuff needing to deal with the situation in this country and the usual rubbish was thrown in their direction by those country men and women of ours who cannot but criticize everything coming from the Presidency. You know the types I’m talking about Mr. President. Maybe it’s good we have them around – it keeps you on your toes and keeps them where they are and where they belong! However, now that you’ve put your stamp of approval on dealing with this tragedy in our lovely RSA, please bang heads together, kick butt and do whatever it takes to get that middle layer of corrupt, ineffective, overpaid and lazy government officials to do what they’re paid to do – or give the jobs to people who are ready willing and able to deliver.

      bophelo.malapela - 2013-02-28 14:14

      Why and don't come this ignorant and misinformed notion of his rape trial. Zuma was not found guilty and the court did not find evidence of rape

      bophelo.malapela - 2013-02-28 14:16

      @leaonard1 like it or not he is the State President a privilege u will never know so who is the fool

      Hemlock - 2013-02-28 14:30

      @lucy.bush......hopefully only on a dartboard ;o)

      Nurse Helenk - 2013-02-28 14:31

      bophelo, don't waste your time commenting here. These people do not see facts. I posted a factual, logical reply to alicia above which was deleted for some reason. There is no point trying to making rational points, based on fact or law here.

      Jacques Otto - 2013-02-28 15:54

      Bophelo he was also inoccent with the shabir case correct. Shabir gave him money a bribe and shabir was locked up. Yet Zuma took the cash never gave it back and was made president. Come on you fool he is so guilty it is not even funny.

      scouter.fourone - 2013-02-28 15:58

      @Nurse Helenk - give it up and go join a web date site or some such like, that can cater for your obvious needs. You have become very boring ...

      Jack - 2013-02-28 20:02

      Is this talk based on experience?

      John Jhon - 2013-03-01 10:16

      all just for election campaigne that has started for him, after elections it will go quiet for a nother four years till the next campaigne starts.

  • ChiefKeef Sosa - 2013-02-28 11:41

    Let the 2005 trial Jokes begin..............!!!

      junior.mahlo.9 - 2013-02-28 12:29

      The moment he raise his **middle finger** to push his spectacles....just know your fckd

      squeegee.pilot - 2013-02-28 13:18

      You think what he did is funny...?

      gerasimos - 2013-02-28 16:31

      The only thing worse than a liar is a liar that's also a hypocrite! Tennessee Williams

      Neill Guthrie - 2013-03-01 10:03

      It was a classic honey trap to discredit him by a sitting President fighting for his political life. Goodness... she asked him to massage her while wearing a skimpy negligee and afterwards cried rape?? His comments about it not being culturally correct for a Zulu man to leave a woman aroused is cause for concern. Men should simply accept that No is No under any circumstances. Let this not detract form his recent speech - stating the obvious but powerless to deliver.Rapists should be hanged in public. Hopefully, this will act as some sort of deterent.

  • Musawenkosi Zwane - 2013-02-28 11:42

    Wise words Mr President.

      john.loveland.9 - 2013-02-28 11:59

      They are very wise words, from a fool. Unfortunately thats all they are words, empty words. We have been hearing them, just like we've been hearing how he will stamp out corruption, since he came to power. When he acts on his words, then maybe we can call him wise.

      kortbroek.duplessis - 2013-02-28 12:13

      But merely words Musawenkosi. The words lacks serious substance coming from Zuma.

      fargone - 2013-02-28 12:24

      Yes they a wise words, but they are only words, not actions but we knew that, would also be wise to say that the should be no farm murders in South Africa too, but then again without action they are only words...empty words.

      SJ - 2013-02-28 12:48

      No substance

      Denis Dendrinos - 2013-02-28 12:54

      wise? He is stating the painfully obvious as people SHOULD feel safe in a properly governed country....stating the obvious,with no action to back it.

      Harley Mills - 2013-02-28 12:57

      Blah, blah, blah. Blah blah blah blah blah. And if blah blah and blah. But we blah blah blah blah. So it follows that blah blah blah blah (moment's pause) BLAH BLAH blah blah blah, blah. OH! look I said the same thing as our beloved president. - The difference is that I meant it!

      Mlungisi Botha - 2013-02-28 13:07

      Wow, freedom is truly something we cherish in this country! The freedom to call the president of the country a fool but choose not to emigrate and continue enjoying the relative security (yes, relative security!) his government offers. I salute all those whose blood was shed or spent their time in prison so we can enjoy this freedom!

      Bruce Gauld - 2013-02-28 13:47

      Musa, not that you would care or not take this as an insult when it really isn't but...... You disappoint me, and sadden an already blue heart. . .

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2013-02-28 14:53

      @Musawenkosi Zwane: Do you know what is really wise? Having toilet paper next to the toilet.

      NKAISANA - 2013-02-28 15:33

      Nice words but Zuma was not supposed to deliver that message because is a rapist is dating friend's daugter (Zonono Khoza)

      NIcechild - 2013-11-14 11:08

      I can wait for these old man to step down

  • Jacques - 2013-02-28 11:42

    That's what I love about Zuma. Saying women shouldn't be attacked and we should do something to stop teens getting raped- and then also launching a campaign against the scourge! SUCH a visionary. All this after a whole term in office. Hope Obama is taking notes.

  • Daniel Erasmus - 2013-02-28 11:43

    Rich coming from this man!

      johan.mostert.967 - 2013-02-28 12:11

      Miss Fezeka Kuzwayo comes to mind...

  • Peter Ndamase - 2013-02-28 11:44

    Taxpayers must be fuming right now!!!

      pjbadenhorst - 2013-02-28 12:19

      What's your definition of a "taxpayer?"

      SJ - 2013-02-28 12:49

      The few who pay 90% of all taxes.

  • Lerato Sefoloko - 2013-02-28 11:44

    says a man who was once accused of rape himself

      Nurse Helenk - 2013-02-28 11:58

      Accused but found innocent. You can't call someone what they are not.

      Flippncool - 2013-02-28 12:01

      Yah - innocent like Shabir and Celebe right? Pffft.

      johan.mostert.967 - 2013-02-28 12:12

      @Nurse, Big difference between found innocent, and not having enough evidence to be found guilty.

      jj.jeno.1 - 2013-02-28 12:21

      Johan, and the absence of such evidence suggests what?

      Nkosinathi Gezindaba Snr - 2013-02-28 13:32

      And the absence of evidence is not necessarily the evidence of absence - Gin Rummy #TheBoondocks

      bophelo.malapela - 2013-02-28 14:30

      @lerato sefoloko get this through your thick skull, Zuma was accused but not convicted he was found not guilty

      branden - 2013-02-28 14:43

      @Nurse - Can I please call him incompetent???? Please???

      Gary Guy - 2013-02-28 15:19

      @bophelo - OJ Simpson was found not guilty but that does not mean he did not kill Nicole. Zuma was found not guilty but that does not mean he did not rape someone.

  • doug.evans.56863 - 2013-02-28 11:44

    Great talking about it ... what are YOU doing about it ??

      steve.ritchie.739 - 2013-02-28 12:09

      Yeah, then he can keep them all safe in his bunker.

      NKAISANA - 2013-02-28 15:35

      Take shower to prevent Aids

      Cina - 2013-02-28 16:23

      He did it.

  • brettinlux - 2013-02-28 11:44

    You a fine one to speak Mr Prez.....what were you charged with again?Hope this campaign will be aimed at the increase of men getting raped to.It's not often reported in the news as to how many men are raped and attacked.Men tend to be ashamed and don't report it or they are laughed at when they do try and report it.

      bophelo.malapela - 2013-02-28 14:31

      @brettinlux he was charged with rape and acquitted so what's your point.

  • jwdupreez - 2013-02-28 11:44

    ........or should he have said: New Zuma movie just released: Look who's Talking IV........(Eish a$$hole)

      bophelo.malapela - 2013-02-28 14:46

      @jwdupreez he is your president

      Gary Guy - 2013-02-28 15:20

      @bophleo - we know, scary thought - please dont remind us!

      Cina - 2013-02-28 16:25

      @bophelo.malapela - He is nothing of me, I didn't vote for him.

  • Letitia Kriel - 2013-02-28 11:45

    Do as I say - not as I do....

  • Slice Bones - 2013-02-28 11:46

    want to see if the 1st comment going to be + or -

  • Cornelius Jacobs - 2013-02-28 11:46

    If you had made the effort when you stepped into politics, you would have realised that it is a constitutional right not to suffer any kind of violence at the hands of others. You've waited too long. Go away now sir and go find some other meeting where you could take a nap without fear of consequence.

  • lwazi.magqabi.9 - 2013-02-28 11:46

    Very funny coming from the president who was in court for the rape charges.

      Slice Bones - 2013-02-28 11:56

      What was proven in court?

      DolceLucy - 2013-02-28 12:15

      Excellent point Nurse. Clearly we're allowed to refer to our president as a rapist but our goldenboy Pistorius may under no circumstances be referred to as a murderer.

      kuno.tschumi.5 - 2013-02-28 12:25

      @nurse - as far is i remember there was not enough evidence to find him guilty. big difference to being innocent. anyway, having a handful of wives and tons of children already shows his disrespect for women and children. at least that's what i believe.

      Nurse Helenk - 2013-02-28 12:33

      @Kuno when there is not evidence in the OP case or the State makes a mess, he will be found innocent too. But then we may not call him a murderer. The courts decide such definitions, not us.

      bophelo.malapela - 2013-02-28 14:32

      @lwazi.magqabi.9 so what he was acquitted he is not a rapist stop being thick

      bophelo.malapela - 2013-02-28 14:34

      @kuno not enough evidence means what? Fact is he was acquitted court found no evidence of rape

      Gary Guy - 2013-02-28 15:21

      @bophelo - perhaps court did not find enough evidence!

      doug.evans.56863 - 2013-02-28 15:58

      @slice (Great name) they proved he has unprotected sex with a female half his age who was a friend of the family. Not very presidential. Not a very good role model.. especialy in a society that has a MASSIVE AIDS issue.

      Cina - 2013-02-28 16:27

      If you pay enough and you a crony there won't be any evidence to present to the court.

  • Sonwabile Nomnganga - 2013-02-28 11:47

    He said those words and licked his lips....

      JanGrimbeek - 2013-02-28 11:56

      and pushed his glasses with his middle finger gesture at the audience

      Fezeka Sinazo Gwavu - 2013-02-28 13:22

      As if he's the cat that saw milk

  • Roz Rose - 2013-02-28 11:47

    Your actions speak so loudly that we cannot hear what you say, Mr President!

  • derek.smith.12177276 - 2013-02-28 11:47

    But have set such a fine example to all rapists...

      steve.ritchie.739 - 2013-02-28 12:13

      Yup. With his stay out of jail free card. Stop, collect R250 million for Nkandla and head straight for the front seat on the gravy train.

      bophelo.malapela - 2013-02-28 14:35

      @derek besides showing your ignorance of the law, what example did the President set

      bophelo.malapela - 2013-02-28 14:38

      @lindy.jeffery.9 he became president cause the party of which he is leader trounced the party you vote for. Secondly Judge van der merwe found him not guilty and there was no evidence of a rape having taken place so why a do u rape cause you are also is person as he is your president or are u now engaging in your racist rhetoric

  • Tlou.debele - 2013-02-28 11:48

    Jakob is right on this 1 cz is the only MAN who run away with it......

  • Stephen Likhethe - 2013-02-28 11:48

    Look who's talking now.

      Hansie.Crook - 2013-02-28 11:57

      its jacob zuma

  • Roz Rose - 2013-02-28 11:48

    Your actions speak so loudly that we cannot hear what you say, Mr President

  • Dave Bis - 2013-02-28 11:49

    All of this coming from a corrupt rapist. Rather just shut up showerhead.....

      bophelo.malapela - 2013-02-28 14:42

      @dave bis alleged corrupt but definitely no rapist in case you were asleep when judge van der merwe handed down his judgment Zuma was not guilty and the court found not evidence of a rape having taken place

      doug.evans.56863 - 2013-02-28 16:02

      @dave : I must agree with Bophelo here , he has never been proven a rapist ... just a president with poor judgement when it comes to safe sex. The corruption will come out in the end... when you are getting kickbacks from huge deals etc eventually someone gets screwed and the beans spill

  • Johan Arno Cilliers - 2013-02-28 11:50

    Does that include the taxpayer?

  • miccie - 2013-02-28 11:50

    Zoom zoom, YOU are the one that rapes everybody in SA: the tax payer, the government hospitals, the schools

  • lacrimosewolf - 2013-02-28 11:52

    Another round of "should not", "must not", "have to". This violence is not new. It didn't just arrive last month. We don't want campaigns, we want meaningful action. Sort out policing - their woefully inadequate equipment and training. Mandate DNA testing for all arrested. Sort out the State Forensics Labs backlog. Sort out the courts and get some consistency and sanity in sentencing. Build more prisons and keep all convicted of these heinous crimes off the streets - forever.

  • lindy.jeffery.9 - 2013-02-28 11:53

    Well said, Cornelius Jacobs. And may it be a LONG nap!

  • Jaco Scholtz - 2013-02-28 11:54

    People we are not here to judge - Zuma will get what's coming to him. The fact of the matter is, we have a big problem! Let's rather do our part and get these pigs out of society!

  • TheThirdWors - 2013-02-28 11:54

    really? that's rather rich don't you think?

  • Diana Gill - 2013-02-28 11:56

    Oh yes.. but you should be.

  • shamus.mossop - 2013-02-28 11:56

    How about how the government is raping each and every one of us by misusuing the budget for their own gains?

      NKAISANA - 2013-02-28 15:40


  • Ntombenhle Dladla Zuma - 2013-02-28 11:57

    This bitternes will kill u slowly.....

      Julien Afonso - 2013-02-28 12:08

      I have no bitterness Tombe,only dissapointment.

      Bruce Gauld - 2013-02-28 13:33

      And sadness

  • Motodi William Maseloane II - 2013-02-28 11:58

    the perpetrators having equal or more rights than the victim is the only problem with our criminal justice... murderers and rapists don't need rehabilitation. SKOP, SKIET & DONDER.

  • womba.wonder - 2013-02-28 11:59

    No-one should be burgled, robbed, hijacked or murdered either, Jacob. Duhhh...

      lungi.ndevu.3 - 2013-02-28 15:35

      But he is the only one who deserve all of the above, he's so useless....#sic

  • sue.heymans - 2013-02-28 12:00

    Thank you Mr President. I appreciate your strong stance against violence against all South Africans irrespective of gender or race. This is NOT about race. It is about violence and the "war" against women and children. Tx for this strong message, lets hope the perpetrators take note and if they dont, pls deal with them in the strongest way possible.

  • Julien Afonso - 2013-02-28 12:01

    Shut up

      joanita.hilton - 2013-02-28 15:22

      HAHAHAHAH Julien, I lolled out loud for real now. your comment was brief and 100% to the point. love it

  • Lehlohonolo Craig Ponoane - 2013-02-28 12:01

    Really now???? are you not the same guy who raped and showered. dont talk K.k here please . met jou dik kop.

      joanita.hilton - 2013-02-28 15:22

      Lehlohonolo Craig Ponoane - February 28, 2013 at 12:01 Really now???? are you not the same guy who raped and showered. dont talk K.k here please . met jou dik kop. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!

  • raulcharliebravo - 2013-02-28 12:02

    You are definitely the best person to tell us that!

  • Busisani Mhlambi - 2013-02-28 12:02

    Well spearheaded comments by our president. I like, Mr President

      NKAISANA - 2013-02-28 15:42


  • albert.prinsloo.7 - 2013-02-28 12:02

    I haven't even read the article, but how about NO-ONE(not just woman and children) should be KILLED/MURDERED or raped in SA!!!!!

  • enroliv - 2013-02-28 12:02

    Politicians trying to score points again? They should have asked someone else to speak at the school. Someone prominent and upstanding in the community or someone who is well known with integrity. Someone like Desmond Tutu. Kids aren't stupid, they know a hypocrite when they see one.

  • sean.odonnell.1466126 - 2013-02-28 12:03

    Quite right JZ!!! Now speak out and CONDEMN farm murders openly. Your silence on this issue is interpreted as condoning this popular S.African pastime. It's time to clean your house JZ and I am not referring to Nkandla.

  • Ian Robert Reid - 2013-02-28 12:05

    Do something about it??

  • Marlin Samuels - 2013-02-28 12:05

    look who's talking....

  • jacque.raymer - 2013-02-28 12:07

    This from a man who started his presidential post on rape and fraud charges ...

  • Roger Jenkins - 2013-02-28 12:07

    talk, talk, talk. If anyone in SA could do something about it, its this man. Talk, no action.

  • Chelle Bellion - 2013-02-28 12:08

    Wipe the snot from your nose and the tears from your eyes. It's already too late Mr Zuma. South Africa has a culture of brutality against women, by the time you have read this another two women and/or children would have been raped. We have an invading army's mentality in this country, if we want it, we will take it by force. My business partner, a forensic nurse and I work with rape victims every day, see and report on their injuries. Who speaks for them?

      Bruce Gauld - 2013-02-28 13:26

      If I had to do your job I would be overcome eventually with sadness... At least they have you..

      joanita.hilton - 2013-02-28 15:26

      i TOTALLY agree Chelle! The sense of entitlement, brought about by the ever so present 'apartheid rectification' has been taken to new levels of disgrace!!!! and in my humble opinion, its a cultural belief that what the man wants, the man gets. Nobody told them that not everyone has the same cultures!!!!! and I totally admire your strength for working with those vicitms, I wouldnt be able to do that job!!! WD

  • Evelyn Munsamy - 2013-02-28 12:11

    Bring stricter sentences. Not just jail terms.

  • Lance Leslie Oosthuizen - 2013-02-28 12:11

    hear hear....... Hypocrite!!!!!! you your self was up for rape?!? NO-ONE should be killed murdered raped abused........... Even by politicians!

  • Fredster69 - 2013-02-28 12:11


  • Khayakazi Mbalekwa - 2013-02-28 12:15

    what must be done Mr President 2those who rape come out with the solution

  • Michael Pitt - 2013-02-28 12:19

    Well the government is raping as daily