The rape and murder of a young child in Brakpan is another tragedy in contemporary South Africa, Continue reading
Marius L Fransman: Prof, when you coming to help with campaign in WC, Continue reading
Child rape has become one of the scourges of the new South Africa Continue reading
The area of what is described as cultural practices has now become a site where there are extensive abuses Continue reading
This article by Sisonke Msimang asks why Corruption Watch did no more than ‘censure’ Zwelinzima Vavi Continue reading
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.
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?
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
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