Call for meaningful dialogue on rape

There are growing calls for South Africans to engage each other on the discourse of rape.

FILE: The Slutwalk in Johannesburg, 25 August 2012 against rape and women abuse. Picture:

JOHANNESBURG - Rights activists are calling for a meaningful dialogue into the causes of rape and how to make women and girls safer.

President Jacob Zuma issued an emotive statement on Thursday, describing teenager Anene Booysen's rape and murder as shocking, cruel and inhumane.

ANC deputy secretary general Jessie Duarte said this showed Zuma was taking a stand against rape despite having stood trial for the same crime.

"We do not cry rape when it is consensual sex. Zuma was elected by the ANC as its leader because we believe he is a strong leader."

Rights activists say patriarchy and ignorance are two major problems that fuel the rape crisis.

Meanwhile, a small group of people gathered in Sandton in protest of the high number of rapes that take place across the country.

Primedia has also took the decision to air a loud beep on its radio stations every four minutes to signify how often a person is raped in South Africa.