- The ANC Women’s League has called on Parliament to introduce harsher sentences for men found guilty of rape
- The league’s secretary general Meokgo Matuba said current laws were not harsh enough to deter men from sexually assaulting women
- Matuba said the ANCWL was calling for chemical castration for men found guilty of rape and would mobilise women across the country and continent to work towards making the proposal a reality
The African National Congress Women’s League (ANCWL) has called for the chemical castration of men found guilty of rape. The league wants Parliament to introduce much harsher laws for men found guilty of rape and or sexual assault.
The league’s secretary general Meokgo Matuba said current laws were not harsh enough to deter men from sexually assaulting women and children. Matuba said the ANCWL was prepared to mobilise women across the country and continent to work towards making the proposal a reality.
Matuba said the ANCWL took the issue incredibly serious and would not back down from this particular matter. She said the league was prepared to do what needed to be done to ensure better safety for women in the country.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Matuba said the ANCWL league was open and would welcome more men to join the fight against sexual assault and abuse in the country.
Dailymaverick.co.za reported that Matuba said she and the ANCWL league understood that chemical castration was an extreme measure, but she noted it could be the measure which finally has a real impact on the high rate intimate crimes in the country.
The ANCWL added that it was not opposed to more traditional forms of permanent castration.
Chemical castration is a term used for treatment administered to men to suppress the male sex-drive and libido. Experts around the world remain divided on whether these treatments are actually an effective manner to reduce sexual assault cases.
EWN.co.za reported that the ANCWL was among other political, civil society and activist organisation protesting outside of the Pretoria Magistrates Court for the bail hearing of the so-called Dros rape suspect Nicholas Ninow.
Ninow is accused of raping a six-year-old girl in a Pretoria family restaurant. While this case has hit the headlines it is, unfortunately, far from an isolated incident.
South African women and children live under the spectre of sexual assault, rape and violence on a daily basis.
Child murders in the Western Cape have long ago reached and surpassed what can reasonably be called epidemic proportions. In most cases, these crimes are committed by family members.
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