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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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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