The Equal Opportunities Commission is calling for a holistic view of the social factors that may have contributed to the deaths of eight young women Gang rape near a mine dump in Krugersdorp on the west edge of Gauteng.
The women were part of a production crew shooting a music video. They were working on the ground when the attack took place last Thursday.
More than 80 suspects were arrested over the weekend after the brutal mass rape and are being held expected to appear in the local Magistrate’s Court on Monday morning.
Police say some of those arrested may be connected to the Group rape of the eight young women.
Commission lawyer Nthabiseng Sepanya says high youth unemployment makes them vulnerable.
“We also have to look at unemployment issues, how did these young girls actually get a call from someone they didn’t know before who promised them R300 to do a music video and they were ready for it. To me, that shows the desperation and limited options out there. Why are our young girls in South Africa so desperate.”
Human rights activist Petros Majola says he supports Chemical castration as punishment for rapists.
The proposal was made by the ANC’s Subcommittee on Social Transformation at the party’s policy conference, after the idea was rejected at the last policy conference in 2017.
Member of the National Executive Committee Lindiwe Sisuluwho chaired the commission, said at a media briefing on Saturday night that the proposal had been revived by women delegates in part in response to the spate of horrific attacks on women in the days leading up to the conference.
Majola says chemical castration should be performed on condition that a thorough investigation into the matter is conducted.
“We have to check if all these things are being done for the right goals. Remember that in South Africa we still have a challenge with investigations where the wrong people are arrested, prosecuted and convicted but after a number of years they are released for wrongful arrest. So we need to make sure that whatever we choose to do, we streamline our investigative system so we don’t castrate the wrong person.”
ANC Women’s League proposes chemical castration as punishment for rapists:
Nationalities of those accused of gang rape in Krugersdorp
Meanwhile, Home Secretary Aaron Motsoaledi says it’s not just Lesotho nationals who are implicated in the Krugersdorp rape incident.
ANC delegates at the policy conference have called for decisive action to strengthen immigration laws.
Delegates have suggested that the South African government must back out of treaties that have led to people taking advantage of the country’s immigration laws.
Motsoaledi has also provided background information on people arrested over the incident.
“So far we have evidence that there are different nationalities, but so far no South Africans have been identified among the nationalities identified there, or at least those who have been arrested.”
The Lesotho government is investigating allegations by Basotho nationals of crimes committed in South Africa.
Liranyane Thamae from the Lesotho Consulate in South Africa explains in the following video:
Gender Equality Commission calls for holistic view of social factors behind rape – SABC News
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