Mzanzi Magic’s recent “Our Perfect Wedding” saga thrust statutory rape into the national headlines but just how many cases of statutory rape are reported each year in South Africa is anyone’s guess.
When Ndlela Howard Dhlamini disclosed his HIV-positive status more than a decade ago, ignorance about HIV led his local tavern to refuse to reuse the glass he drank from. This kind of HIV stigma may be a memory for Dhlamini but not for everyone living with the virus.
Mild mannered youth turned knife-wielding “zombies” – it might seem like a scene out of a horror film but it is real for some residents living outside the small Free State town of Bethlehem as the picturesque dorpie is the latest to fall under the spell of South Africa’s cheap street drug nyaope.
While locals are still reeling about the suicide of 14-year-old Klara Göttert, who took her life at Northgate Mall this week, another mother in the Free State’s rural town of Bethlehem is also mourning the death by suicide of her 18-year-old daughter.
A 32-year-old Free State man who sent a video of himself and his under-age girlfriend having sex to friends and teachers at the girl’s school could be in hot water, says SA Police Service National Spokesperson Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo.