On July 21 Judge Sithembele Mgxaji handed down a sentence of three life terms to Ntobeko Festile 23 who raped a 10-year-old in a Uitenhage church yard. The judge should certainly be hailed as a hero in this cruel society which we live in and in South Africa where rape is just becoming a norm.
Many rapists get away with it either through non-reporting lost files or just bad judgment on what rape and abuse does to women and the innocent children. There is also not enough support and empathy by the authorities so the victims feel despondent and don&rsquot think they will get the help they need.
As the judge so rightly said &ldquorape is a very serious offence&rdquo. It should be equated to murder in that the victim&rsquos soul has been murdered and ripped from her or his body. He added that &ldquoit is a humiliating degrading and brutal invasion of the privacy and dignity of the victim&rdquo and most times the perpetrator feels nothing for his actions.
So why are so many rapists walking free? This judgment should be an example to other judges out there and should set a precedent for the seriousness of rape and not allow it to become just a normal occurrence with the notion that people will get over it.
Last week&rsquos news told of another little girl who had been lured away by someone and of her body that had been found. It&rsquos unbearable to think what she had to endure.
I recently visited Kwaza Street in New Brighton and was saddened by the fact that there are two taverns in this street next to and in between the homes where kids are playing and elderly people live. How do they live or sleep with the presence of many people frequenting these places allegedly either drugged or drunk making noise and causing trouble?
Cars of patrons are parked outside the houses. Children should not be allowed to walk in these areas but how else can they walk and when their yards are not always conducive for playing or properly secured?
To the newly elected councillors could all these taverns be investigated and rooted out of these residential areas as these are the very causes of rape abuse and murder in these communities? The townships should be such... ... continue reading //ow.ly/pxVS3047TPt