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 resulted in the government taking action.
Lead SA and the Department of Basic Education launched the #StopRape campaign in schools
Pupils and teachers were asked to adopt a pledge. This has raised awareness among our youth, who are often targets.
Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) which assist rape victims are cash-strapped. Many struggle to survive
with limited resources and the end result is that victims suffer. The government must urgently allocate financial resources to credible NGOs.
Experts say substance abuse contributes significantly to incidents of rape. President Jacob Zuma confirmed this when he launched the #StopRape campaign in Cape Town.
This means we have to plough efforts into fighting substance abuse in our communities. To point fingers at the government alone for the rape and drug scourge is unfair. We, as citizens, all need to take responsibility.
Drug dealers continue to target the vulnerable. We must stand up and do something. We need
partnerships at all levels.
Communities must unite and become involved in this fight. Law enforcement agencies need to tackle this problem with renewed vigour and social services have an important role to play.
Effective programmes must be rolled out.
I addressed the community of Bedfordview last week together with Gauteng Community Safety MEC Faith Mazibuko and provincial police commissioner Mzwandile Petros. Read more