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Bhambayi community members protest as child rape suspect applies for bail – SABC News

Community members from Bhambayi north of Durban are protesting outside the Ntuzuma Magistrate’s Court where a man is expected to apply for bail for the alleged rape of his 13-year-old stepdaughter.

They carry placards with messages like- ‘our bodies are not here for your pleasure’ and ‘save us from rapists, end rape, no bail’.

Bhambayi Project CEO Mandy Pearson says: “The community based NGO focuses on supporting and empowering orphans and vulnerable children in the area.

“There is no way this man should be granted bail. We have had three cases of young children being raped in the last few weeks, the youngest was five years old. This is not acceptable. We say zero tolerance for GBV. It’s Women’s Month , but it must also be girls’ month.”

“We see mothers who drop the charges because the man is the breadwinner, or because they are threatened. We say how can we fight for the girl child? Let it not be only a woman’s month. Let us fight for the rights and let’s make sure that rape of young children of everyone in this country [is] stopped today.”

Earlier, the Gender Equality Commission conducted a monitoring visit to nearly 70 police stations across the country to assess some of the mechanisms they have put in place to deal with issues of gender-based violence.

But what they found highlighted the enormous challenges and pressures the police work under.

Gauteng for example, which is the smallest and yet densely populated province, had a total of 143 police stations serving a population of almost 16 million people.

“One police station in Gauteng serves 109 000 people. KwaZulu-Natal, one station serves 62 500 (people). It seems that in terms of service delivery there are nodes where there are extreme pressure points for SAPS. We are also aware that recently SAPS made them build new stations. Whether it will be enough to change this pressure, that is the question”, says the acting chairman of the Equalities Commission Dr. Nthabiseng Moleko.

[WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT] Man accused of raping stepdaughter asks for bail:

Bhambayi community members protest as child rape suspect applies for bail – SABC News

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