PRESS RELEASE: UDM Women's Organisation - Violent rape in South Africa
We often hear that the rate of sexual violence in South Africa is among the highest in the world. The horrendous rapes that were reported in the media recently has pushed us even higher on this scale.
It almost seems unreal that a young South African woman can be gang raped, murdered, and horrendously mutilated, as we heard this week. The increase in extremely violent rape and abuse of both young and old, boys and girls, in South Africa raises a serious concern on how we as citizens of this country perceive each other and the amount of respect that we have for each other.
On 16 December 2007, Parliament enacted the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act. Sadly, this act seems to be worth nothing more than the paper it is written on.
Anene Booysen's unspeakable rape has brought this subject to the fore because of the extremely violent nature of the crime committed against her, but there are thousands of victims who we never hear about and, far too often, slip between the cracks of the justice system.
One would think that with a female police commissioner sexual offences would be higher on the South African Police Service's list of priorities.
Regarding sexual predators, the United Democratic Women's Organisation advocates a zero tolerance system to punish, deter and rehabilitate offenders while supporting and restoring dignity and justice to the victims.
STATEMENT ISSUED BY THANDI NONTENJA, UDEMWO SECRETARY GENERAL
Statement issued by:
Mrs Thandi Nontenja
UDEMWO Secretary General