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Protesters outside the Krugersdorp Magistrate's Court where 80 suspects were due to appear.
Protesters outside the Krugersdorp Magistrate's Court where 80 suspects were due to appear.
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Melanie Verwoerd writes that she realises the prevention of GBV is a complex issue. Yet, far too often, we use complexity as an excuse for inaction.

I nearly didn't write a column this week. Between the horrific stories of the Krugersdorp rapes and the lacklustre ANC policy conference, I struggled to muster up the physical and emotional energy to write something.

However, the hell eight Krugersdorp women must have been experiencing after they were gang raped stayed on my mind. I knew that they do not have the "luxury" of switching off - and I, therefore, owed it to them to write something. 

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