What it takes to fight rape

I was angry when I read a Guardian report last year quoting Southern California Judge Derek Johnson saying women get raped because they [don’t] put up a fight” and that if they did their bodies “will not [allow the rape] to happen”.  Continue reading

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Will Indian police authorities win a criminal case against Zee News channel for revealing the Indian rape victim’s identity?

On 6 January 2013 I started writing this blog post which I never published until today. It still puzzles me why it took me over a month to publish this piece. While I understand there might be a number of reasons, but that it took me this long worries me. It is further heartbreaking this publication comes a few days after South Africa had its own Indian-like-rape incident in the Western Cape province where a 17-year-old girl, Anene Booysen, was reportedly raped, had her intestines removed and found at the scene, and later died in hospital last week Saturday. Continue reading

#ANCRoad2Mangaung: What has Motlanthe taught us?

As we draw close to the African National Congress’ elective conference in Mangaung, Bloemfontein in a week’s time where it appears some party delegates will choose to retain President Jacob Zuma as its president while others will choose to replace him with his deputy, Kgalema Motlanthe it is important for all voting delegates going to Mangaung to really sit down and reflect on what this #Road2Mangaung leadership battle means before deciding which of them stays (or goes, even). Continue reading

Blacks say Zille “deserves a bullet”. And her response?

Last week Sunday morning I woke up to a group debate on Facebook that challenged (or did it invite?) people to share their views on whether Democratic Alliance leader and Western Cape Premier Helen Zille was “still” haunted by her 20 March tweet in which she referred to pupils from Eastern Cape province seeking better education in hers as “education refugees”. To date Zille had on more than two occasions written about the incident. Continue reading