Cosas threatens castration for rapists

Cosas called on communities to take the law into their own hands to punish rapists and drug dealers.

FILE: Cosas called on communities to take the law into their own hands to punish rapists and drug dealers. Picture: Rahima Essop/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The ANC has distanced itself from Tuesday's comments made by the Congress of South African Students (Cosas).

It called on communities to take the law into their own hands to punish rapists and drug dealers.

The statement encouraged South Africans to not only take the law into their own hands, but to start by "cutting off the private parts" of those who rape.

"We have taken a decision that we are not going to sit back while the future of young people in the country is taken away by ills of society that are man-made," the statement read.

"We are going to take the law into our hands and defend our future starting from cutting off private parts of those who rape our brothers and sisters, not to forget removing drug dealers in our communities because we know where they live."

Cosas Gauteng chairperson Collen Malatji said, "They [people] must use whatever they have to get rid of these people in our community."

The statement was sent to the ANC's media list.

Luthuli House, the ANC headquarters, was the listed contact address in the letterhead.

The ANC's Keith Khoza says the party can't associate itself with such statements.

"People can't take law into their own hands. They need to defer [issues] to the actual entities within government to deal with crime and so on."

Groups using the ANC's infrastructure should behave responsibly, Khoza added.


Cosas also tackled the state of education and controversial comments made by AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo.

It also slammed the formation of Julius Malema's new political party, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).

On education, Cosas called on all South Africans to take part in "the struggle to improve education in the country".

It also raised concerns about nutrition in schools, saying there were many areas which still lacked feeding programmes.

Cosas argued matric results should not be published in newspapers as it "should be a private matter between matriculants and the Department of Education."

The congress says many pupils commit suicide after their results are made public each year.

Some are also ashamed when a misprint leaves their name off the list, Cosas says.

"Besides publishing of matric results being unnecessary as students can receive their results from their respective schools, it is also inhumane."

On Dalindyebo's recent comments slamming the ANC and Mandla Mandela, Cosas said it had to take some time to digest what he said.

"We are embarrassed to have to come out in public and voice our disappointment towards King Dalindyebo.Our African ways of living have taught us that an elder must be respected at all times but equally, our elders have always earned respect through conducting themselves in an exemplary manner which would inspire young people."

Cosas said the king's "recent stunt" went against these values and left them with no choice but to "rise up in defence of the dignity of our president and South Africa as a country."

"Because of the king, we have to perform a taboo act according to our African culture of calling into order an elder, even though we are students."

Cosas called on the king to stop "embarrassing himself" and raised concerned about his "extensive intake of drugs".

It said it was also concerned by the "trend" of insulting the president.

"Every citizen of South Africa needs to realise that President Jacob Zuma is the face of our country. If he is insulted, the country itself is being insulted."

On the EFF, Cosas said it would "always defend the democracy that it historically fought for".

It said it was "concerned about the way in which every Tom, Dick and Harry fantasised about uplifting the social conditions of the people outside the progressive policy framework of the ANC."

"People like Julius 'Humpty Dumpty' Malema", they argued, "hijacked a concept that was informed by a collective thinking of the young people of the ANC".

Cosas said the EFF and Mamphela Ramphele's new party, Agang, or "the racist DA" headed by Helen Zille, could not provide "sound ideological stands to advance the goal of a developing nation besieged by historical imbalances."

It ended its tirade by calling the EFF a "party of thugs who stole money from the poor and stored it in their ceilings".

Cosas also accused EFF member Kenny Kunene of "abusing young girls".