Thohoyandou, Limpopo. Its father is one of a gang
of six who took turns to rape his mother four months ago.
Press that the gang-rape was the second she had suffered in her 25 years.
Trust handles an average of 45 rape cases in a month. The trust assists victims
not only in the first traumatic weeks, it also helps them through police
investigations and prosecutions.
experience that “there is no justice for rape victims in Thohoyandou”.
cell. Last year only 39 of 904 rape cases on the trust’s books resulted in
Regional Court heard 1 443 cases of violence against women last year. An
overwhelming majority were for rape and resulted in only 49 convictions.
emaciated figure, the young rape victim does not gesture or change her position
on her chair as she speaks.
children and the neighbour’s children.”
shack, her ID book included. That’s why she lost the social grant that provided
for her and her three children.
by next month.
Musina, near the Beit Bridge border post with Zimbabwe.” Nobody in Thohoyandou. “I am alone.”
investigations. Nobody has been arrested.
photographer, not responding to remarks to make her feel comfortable.
she will feed and raise on a social grant.