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Soweto Women's Forum: War against gender violence, injustice go hand-in-hand

Protesters have accused police of a lack of accountability, saying a recent taxi rape victim’s case was mishandled at the Booysens Police Station.

Women holding candles as they protest outside the Booysens Police Station. Picture: Katleho Sekhoto/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – The Soweto Women’s Forum says the war against gender-based crimes and the fight against the inefficiencies of the justice system should go hand in hand.

The newly created forum and The Soul City Institute marched last night outside the police station in the south of Johannesburg.

Protesters have accused police of a lack of accountability, saying a recent taxi rape victim’s case was mishandled at the Booysens Police Station.

The Soweto Women’s Forum’s Nthabeleng Rantsiloa says it’s no use fighting perpetrators because they collude with police through bribes.

She says the fight is in fact against the South African justice system.

“And she was victimised further by one of the policeman here, so that’s why we came here to say you know what we are going to call you out, we’re not afraid of you.”

She says the mandate of the forum is to try and curb the rate of gender-based violence for future generations.

“The gender-based violence and rape that we’re currently fighting will be over and 30 years from now my kids can be free, my sisters can be able to live free.”

At the same time, The Soul City Institute is demanding that the taxi industry be regulated because many sexual crimes have been linked to serial rapists targeting female taxi commuters.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)