Dept of Women praises domestic worker for speaking out against sexual assault

The 45-year-old man apparently also forced her to perform acts of bestiality while his parents were in the house at the time.

FILE: Minister in the Presidency responsible for Women and Children Susan Shabangu. Picture: Regan Thaw/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Department of Women has applauded a domestic worker who spoke out against a Bronkhorstspruit man whom she claims raped her.

The 45-year-old man apparently also forced her to perform acts of bestiality while his parents were in the house at the time.

The man briefly appeared in the local magistrates court on Thursday, where his case was postponed to next week.

The Department of Women's Shoki Tshabalala says that the rape survivor is extremely brave and must be applauded.

“The state is available for any kind of psycho-social support that she may need and we commend her for being brave for coming out and speaking out on this matter.”

The Commission for Gender Equality says it is also disturbed by the claims.

Spokesperson Javu Baloyi says that communities must encourage women to speak up.

“As soon as we embrace them, I’m telling you everyone will be free to come out because they know they have support.”

Minister in the Presidency responsible for Women and Children Susan Shabangu is expected to arrange a meeting with the family of the rape survivor soon.