RAPE CULTURE MUST CHANGE
It's always a pathetic sight when the accused in a criminal trial try to hide their faces. The two men on trial for the gruesome rape of 17-year Anene Booysen both appeared with a towel over their heads. Is their apparent shame because they were caught, or do they really know right from wrong?
If it is the latter, why did this not stop them from doing the crime, if indeed they are the culprits?
It appears that Booysen was murdered after the rape in order to escape identification and conviction. But she bravely named one of the men in her last agonising hours in hospital.
The outrage over this rape case is welcome provided it leads to real action. In October 2001, nine-month-old Baby Tsepang was brutally raped in a small town in the Northern Cape. Despite the uproar then, there have been many more cases of baby rape. And we also have elderly grannies raped, sometimes by their grandsons.
Studies on why men rape in South Africa are deeply disturbing.