iSchoolAfrica Takes the StopRape Campaign to Schools

The Department of Basic Education and LEAD SA have announced a major initiative to raise rape awareness and educate the 10.2 million learners in South African schools.
Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, points out that, “The collective rage in the country had to be turned into tangible action.”
Minister Motshekga appeals to learners to report any form of abuse from anyone to the authorities.

Call for Action on Learner/Teacher Rape Cases

Human rights organisation, SECTION27, has called on provincial education departments to help them with rape cases between teachers and learners.

SECTION27 attorney, Nikkie Steyn, says they have been struggling to get some provincial departments on board to help with these cases, adding that in some instances learners stay away from school because they fear being in contact with teachers who raped them.

Clothing Has Nothing to Do With ‘Decency’

Swazi women may have celebrated too soon when the country ratified the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Protocol on Gender and Development in September 2012, a regional instrument that commits all countries in the region to attain gender equality. This follows a ‘ban’ that women must not wear mini-skirts as stipulated in the Crimes Act of 1889. The Act outlaws ‘immorality and offences in public places or places of public resort and control of places of public interest’. Mini-skirts are considered indecent, a clear infringement on women's right to freedom of dressing.

Zim Girl Raped While Crossing Border

A 13-year-old Zimbabwean girl has been raped while trying to cross the Beit Bridge border in Limpopo.

Police say the victim, who was walking with her mother who has a passport, was walking under the bridge where she was going to jump the fence with other illegal foreign nationals as she did not have proper documentation.

While walking under the bridge, they were allegedly confronted by members of a crime syndicate known as Maguma-guma and one of the men allegedly raped her before he disappeared into the bush.

Guns Put Everyone at Risk - NGO

Gun Free South Africa, a NGO helping to build a safe and secure South Africa (SA), free from fear, by reducing the number of firearms in society, says the presence of guns puts everyone at risk.
The organisation’s Claire Taylor has been quoted by the media as saying that the latest data in SA shows that controlling guns, and thus reducing gun numbers, save lives.

Zuma’s Minute of Silence for Rape Victims

Non-governmental groups have urged President Jacob Zuma to observe a minute of silence for rape victims before his State of the Nation Address (SONA) on 14 February 2013.
Sonke Gender Justice Network representative, Micheline Muzaneza, points out that, "This matter needs urgent attention. We appeal to President Zuma to observe a minute of silence for the victims of rape and other forms of violence."

Call for Special Courts for Rape Victims

The Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (CASAC) says government needs to establish special courts for rape victims as soon as possible.

The organisation says the high prevalence of rape and other forms of sexual violence raise fundamental questions about the Criminal Justice System.

CASAC spokesperson, Nomboniso Gasa, points out that, "We need to look at the establishment of special courts to deal with sexual violence, to deal with domestic and family violence, some of them courts and some of them special courts for gender violence."

Parts of Sexual Offences Act Unconstitutional

Child rights advocates have welcomed a ruling overturning parts of the Sexual Offences Act, which they say is out of step with reality.

On 15 January 2013, Judge Pierre Rabie found that sections of the Sexual Offences Act, which made consensual sex between teenagers a crime, are unconstitutional.

The laws, which were widely panned by child rights activists since they were first mooted, even made it illegal for teenagers to engage in kissing and cuddling if there is more than a two-year age gap between them.


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