UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

 

RAPE GREATEST THREAT TO SA WOMEN

STATEMENT ISSUED ANNELIZÉ VAN WYK, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON ON SAFETY AND SECURITY

The United Democratic Movement re-affirms its core values of dignity, human worth of every individual, integrity, and national moral regeneration. In doing so, the UDM aligns itself with the plight of all rape victims in South Africa. The UDM calls upon the government to urgently implement a multi-disciplinary action campaign.

The South African Criminal Justice System has been often criticised as being inadequate in dealing with the specific circumstances of rape. It is pathetic that many concerns arising from the patriarchal nature of our society still leaves much of the repression of gender issues intact, even in law. Studies highlight that rape is the biggest health concern for SA women, as illustrated by disgustingly unacceptable statistics. Amongst these are the facts that 40% of women who are raped by more than one perpetrator, that 30% of women report being raped to or from work, and more than 60% had evidence of general bodily injuries and/ or injury to the genital tract, confirming the high level of violence  associated with rape. Due to Government's confused and warped handling of HIV/AIDS, rape is also a death sentence for many.

The UDM calls on the Ministers of Justice as well as Safety and Security, and the President to urgently focus on this issue, which affects the lives of millions of South African women and girls. Their plight must be urgently and directly addressed if we are to become a world-class nation.

Enquiries:
Ms. Annelizé van Wyk, MP
UDM Spokesperson for Safety and Security

Cape Town
26 September 2001