While the true extent of rape in South Africa cannot be estimated and the under-reporting rate remains unknown, the apparent rampant rate of rape of young girls is fueling at least one woman’s fight to beat the scourge. This is the inside story of prosecutor Nickie Turner, a senior advocate from the Eastern Cape.
Detective Amos Maneta has only had one failed case in a 31-year career dedicated to putting rapists and murderers behind bars. He tells Health-e News’ UFRIEDA HO why that the extent of violence against women is a national crisis.
Women in communities propped up by illegal mining are pushed deep into the margins of invisible society, subject to rape and domestic violence. Ufrieda Ho reports for HEALTH-E from Durban Deep mines on the Gauteng West Rand.
South Africa’s rape statistics are so muddled some experts call them “meaningless”. But the real challenge is to build a supportive environment that enables rape survivors to report the crime.
Abused by dead billionaire Sidney Frankel from the age of five, Marinda Smith speaks about the impact of this on her life as part of HEALTH-E’s IZWI LAMI campaign aimed at encouraging rape survivors to share their stories and campaigning for a comprehensive package of care at health facilities for all rape survivors.