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Rape of Mentally-Ill Woman Slammed

Gauteng community safety, MEC Faith Mazibuko, has expressed shock at the rape of a 47-year old mentally ill Soweto woman.
 
In a press statement, Mazibuko, states that, "No stone will be left unturned in the criminal justice system to bring the perpetrator to book."
 
She says her department is providing medical and legal assistance and counselling for the victim through Ikhaya Lethemba, a centre for abused women and children.
 

Call for Policies on Sexual Misconduct

The Commission on Gender Equality (CGE) says that workplaces need to develop policies to protect men and women from sexual misconduct.
 
In a press statement, the commission calls on all places of employment to be vigilant by developing and creating policies that ensure that workplaces are safe for women and men of our country.
 
The commission, which was reacting to the recent allegation of rape against Congress of South African Trade Unions general-secretary, Zwelinzima Vavi, is calling for an end to sexual misconduct in the workplace.
 

Validity of ‘Ukuthwala’ Depends on Definition of Custom

Since 2008, a series of cases in which young girls have been abducted and forcibly married to much older men in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, has captured national attention. Journalists and community members have grouped these abductions together under the heading of ‘ukuthwala’ cases. Men who have committed these abductions defend them as customary, and some traditional leaders agree. However, representatives from the Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa (CONTRALESA) and from women’s human rights groups have asserted that such forced marriages go against custom.

Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust: Board of Trustees

Established in 1976, Rape Crisis is the oldest women’s organisation in South Africa dealing with adult rape. The organisation began as a volunteer run feminist women’s collective and was compelled by the changing fundraising climate in the mid 1990s to develop into a professionally run organisation moving into 2013 with the pressure to develop a more entrepreneurial focus. Embracing the inevitable tensions between these different demands and responding to the rapidly changing political and economic environment in South Africa presents a challenge.
 

UN, DRC Sign Accord to Stop Rape

The United Nations (UN) has signed an agreement with the Democratic Republic of Congo aimed at fighting against rape and sexual violence by armed groups in the strife-torn eastern part of the country.

The accord was signed by DR Congo's Prime Minister, Augustin Matata Ponyo, and the UN's special representative on sexual violence in conflict, Zainab Hawa Bangura, during a visit by Bangura to the country.

In the accord, Bangura and Ponyo "expressed their concern at the persistence of sexual violence committed by armed men mostly in the east of the country".

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."

Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict Possible - UN

A United Nations (UN) senior official says that the elimination of sexual violence in conflict is not impossible.

The secretary-general's special representative on sexual violence in conflict, Zainab Bangura, stresses that to fully eradicate this scourge, there needs to be a stronger political will from governments as well as adequate legal frameworks in place to prosecute perpetrators.

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