Forum: ‘Advocate Barnard must withdraw his words’

THE Criminal Justice System in South Africa is simply not doing enough for rape survivors.

Our system, and people like Advocate Louis Barnard, are failing survivors of rape as few cases are reported and even less get justice.

As a woman in South Africa, making a decision to report a rape case is a difficult one and is the start of a long and distressing journey and therefore we cannot have people like Barnard who seem to be looking down and undermining these cases.

It is very disturbing to hear such grimy words uttered by him.

I quote: “This is not an exceptional matter. It is not like he [the suspect] threw her out of the window. There is nothing special about this matter.”

What does he take as special in a rape matter? Is throwing a woman out of the window special? He sounds like a gender-based violence culprit and we cannot afford to have people who still have that mentality in our society; we are tired.

We understand that he is desperate for his client to be released and it does not matter if there is enough evidence or not in the case, but his choice of words is unacceptable.

As the Umvoti Child Protection Forum, we would like Advocate Louis Barnard to take back his words.

NYAMEKO MBHONO

Secretary of the Umvoti Child Protection­ Forum

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