Melanie Judge, Mandela’s lessons of reconciliation applied to gender divides

Raymond Suttner: Child rape and murder -now in Brakpan. Do we have tools for understanding?

The rape and murder of a young child in Brakpan is another tragedy in contemporary South Africa, Continue reading

Exchange with Marius L Fransman (on Faceboook), leader of the ANC in the Western Cape, asking when I would come and campaign there

Marius L Fransman: Prof, when you coming to help with campaign in WC, Continue reading

Rebecca Davis comparing mass response to gang rape in India and generally limited response in SA to range of rapes

Sarah Evans, Diepsloot women demand their children’s safety

Child rape has become one of the scourges of the new South Africa Continue reading

Rebecca Davis, When culture and policing collide. Circumcision deaths and ukuthwala -unpunished crimes

The area of what is described as cultural practices has now become a site where there are extensive abuses Continue reading

Nomboniso Gasa, The sting is in Vavi’s choice of words

Elizabeth Thornberry, Customary status of ukuthwala debated since 19th century

Elizabeth Thornberry, Even living custom must be developed in accordance with constitution

Elizabeth, Thornberry: Validity of “ukuthwala” depends on definition of custom

Sisonke Msimang, Dear corruption watch. What about the victim?

This article by Sisonke Msimang asks why Corruption Watch did no more than ‘censure’ Zwelinzima Vavi Continue reading

Gcobani Qambela, Why Trevor Noah’s tweets about Caster Semenya matters

I do not know what Caster Semenya’s sexual orientation is. What I do know is that she is constitutionally entitled to decide how she wants to be, in terms of her sexual identity and her choice of sexual practices so long as this does not violate the rights of others.  We are speaking of a young woman who has had traumatic experiences because her sexuality was questioned in the course of her athletic career.  A comedian is a public figure and if that person is to do more than make people laugh, especially if s/he is a satirist there must be some sense of responsibility and respect towards other human beings especially someone who is vulnerable.  And this is especially so if Caster Semenya has chosen a sexual identity that deviates form heteronormativity.  We are living through a period of repeated ‘corrective rapes’.   We are entitled to expect that all public figures should take steps to combat this scourge and even if their job is humour, to defend constitutionalism, and individual identities and choices.

Laura Kapelari, Social media rape culture and how women are fighting back

Nomboniso Gasa on patriarchy in history and SA today

Mandisi Majavu, Vavi: Discursive Tension Stifles Rape Discussion

Another take on the alleged rape  or ‘consensual’ sex engaged in by Zwelinzima Vavi in COSATU HQ. While I think the writer brings some insights that have not been in the debate, the power relationship seems somehow to be lost in the various discourses that the writer examines. While ‘discursive tension’ may stifle debate, without detracting from what the contribution reveals, does it open that debate on Vavi’s actions, any further than it has been up till now?

Jen Thorpe, How you can tell when someone is a real rape survivor

Athambile Masola, Women’s bodies are not fodder for power games

T O Molefe, Hello rape culture, hello ignorance

Raymond Suttner, Power and sexual encounters in the work place

The recent rape allegations against Zwelinzima Vavi, General Secretaty of COSATU has led to a range of arguments, which obscure the character of the sexual encounter, Continue reading

Sisonke Msimang, Who killed Pinky Mosiane?

This article demonstrates how the regulations stipulating that women be employed underground in the mines, is not supported by measures  to protect them from sexual abuse. The murder of Pinky Mosiane has not been properly investigated nor has Anglo American or the National Union of Mineworkers taken firm steps to see that justice is done.  While women working underground are especially vulnerable it is part of an overall situation where most women report sexual harassment at the workplace in South Africa