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To conquer rape, we need to beat drugs

The #StopRape campaign remains top of mind as we continue to be bombarded with horrific stories of women and children being raped and abused daily. Has the awareness over recent weeks made any difference? I think it has, to some extent. South Africans have been thinking and talking about this societal scourge. It has also […]

We are all in this together

I attended a “State of the Suburb” community meeting in Bedfordview, Johannesburg last night, which was organised by the local Community Policing Forum (CPF). The turnout was fantastic. Gauteng Police Commissioner, Lt. General Mzwandile Petros and Community Safety MEC, Faith Mazibuko was there too, including representatives from the SHOUT Foundation. The Bedfordview CPF is credited […]

Let’s tell the world SA has a lot of good to offer

South Africa has been making international headlines over recent months. The last time the country grabbed global attention to this extent, was when Nelson Mandela was released from prison and during the first democratic election in 1994. More recently, the Marikana blood-bath, the rape scourge, “Blade runner” Oscar Pistorius killing his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp […]

Clarion call to break silence on abuse of rights

“Human Rights Day (21 March) presents an opportunity, every year, to celebrate human rights, highlight a specific issue, and advocate for the full enjoyment of all human rights by everyone everywhere.” This year, we have much to reflect upon. The South African Police Service (SAPS) is making international headlines again following the torture and subsequent […]

Phiyega must step up cop training to avoid sham

The Oscar Pistorius case has gripped the nation and the world since Valentine’s Day when he shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Much of the focus last week was also on the police investigating officer, Detective Warrant Officer, Hilton Botha. Hours after Eyewitness News revealed that Botha himself was facing several criminal charges relating to a […]

Everyone needs to row in order to turn the tide

“GRANNY, 100, raped; 16-year-old gangraped; Nine arrested in North West for gang rape; 3-year-old raped in Cosmo City; Soweto pastor arrested for rape…” And so the headlines continue. The rape scourge has finally outraged the nation. I wrote in this column last week that it is critical for us to take this collective rage and […]