Rape in South Africa: why the system is failing women

Dee Smythe, University of Cape Town About 150 women report being raped to the police in South Africa daily. Fewer than 30 of the cases will be prosecuted, and no more than 10 will result in a conviction. This translates into an overall conviction rate of 4% – 8% of reported cases. In this edited …

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Weekly Roundup of South Sudan News Headlines – 29 October 2015

A selection of news headlines from around the globe about South Sudan, from October 22 through October 29, 2015. South Sudan president linked to cannibalism murders Source: The Scotsman South Sudan rebels report progress at security talks in Addis Ababa Source: Radio Tamazuj Professor’s Departure Raises Questions on Freedom of Expression in South Sudan Source: …

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Rewriting the script around South Africa’s rape statistics

Lisa Vetten, University of the Witwatersrand Statistics on violence – particularly towards women and children – are highly politicised in South Africa. Typically, they serve one of two purposes: either they provide government with evidence of a good story to tell; they are winning the war against against crime. Or they highlight a crisis and …

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Africa News Headlines for 24 April 2015

Sudan changes law that left rape victims punished for adultery: TRFN Source: Reuters Israel refuses visa to South African cabinet minister en route to Palestinian Authority Source: Haaretz Refugees from Burundi flow into Rwanda as tensions mount Source: 12NewsNow/AP Tigo offers Tanzanians first 4G service Source: Ventures Africa What next for Africa’s kidnapped girls? Source: …

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