A South African Rape, Captured on Video, Exposes an Epidemic

Los Angeles Times, April 18, 2012

It wasn’t a rape that would have ever made the headlines, had it not been for the cell phone.

The victim: a 17-year-old girl, reportedly mentally ill, the daughter of a domestic worker. The alleged perpetrators: boys and men aged 14 to 20.

As she cried and pleaded with them, they urged one another on, joked and speculated as to whether she was really crying. Then they offered her about 25 cents for her silence.

In what some are calling an epidemic of unreported sex crimes, an estimated 600,000 rapes occur every year in South Africa.

What made this Johannesburg case different was the cellphone. One of the perpetrators recorded the March 31 rape, which took place in an open field, in a video that lasted 10 minutes and 33 seconds, and a second incident in which the group raped the girl in a township shack.

The rape video was spread from phone to phone, reportedly appearing on Facebook. It eventually fell into the hands of a daily newspaper and from there was handed to the police, who Tuesday arrested a group of alleged attackers, seven of whom are due to appear in court Thursday.

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The Soweto girl, who had been missing since March 21, was found Wednesday, according to South African officials. According to local media reports, she was in the shack of a 37-year-old man who has been charged with abduction and statutory rape.

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According to the South African Medical Research Council, only one in nine South African rapes are reported. In 2010-11 there were 66,196 sex offenses in South Africa, according to police statistics, with the worst rates in the Northern Cape province: 168 cases per 100,000 people.

“When something like this video happens, you realize how firmly entrenched the culture of impunity is in this country, that these boys possibly didn’t realize that what they were doing was wrong and that they thought they could get away with it and if they didn’t get away with it, they didn’t think they would be seriously punished for it,” Kathleen Dey, director of Rape Crisis in Cape Town, an organization that counsels victims of rape and sex abuse, said in a phone interview.

“Cases like this shine a light on ordinary rapes that happen every day in South Africa, not that rape is ever ordinary. Forgive me for saying ordinary, but it happens every day.”

Dey blamed social attitudes toward gender and crimes against women, early sexualization of children globally, an overloaded criminal justice system in South Africa and low conviction rates for rape.

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  • WmarkW

    “that these boys possibly didn’t realize that what they were doing was
    wrong and that they thought they could get away with it and if they
    didn’t get away with it, they didn’t think they would be seriously
    punished for it,”
     
    America has been caught up for too long in the over-simplified “no means no” definition of rape favored by ultra-feminists.  We need to bring in a broader range of cultural attitudes, that recognize degrees of nuance about when it’s acceptable to force sex.

    •  The strange alliance between Feminists, and feminist-raping Magical Brown People is amazing as well……

      Eloi and Morlochs

    • Oil Can Harry

      And let’s not forget how financially generous these guys were. After the ordeal they offered her 25 cents for compensation.

      That’s roughly the same amount most African-Americans leave behind as the tip in restaurants.

  •  “that these boys possibly didn’t realize that what they were doing was
    wrong”

    This is a universal condition among blacks everywhere, because they are by nature sociopaths.  Anyone with a conscience instinctively knows this is wrong, you do not have to be taught that it is wrong, but if you are a sociopath, you cannot be taught, so it would not matter anyway

    • ed91

       They don’t think of other people as being ‘real’ or important.

      Also, their pleasure is more important to them than anything the other person feels or believes.

  • Boereseun

    Maybe it’s just me but this video did not ‘expose’ an epidemic of rape in this country. Anyone with half a brain, with their head out the sand, has known of South African violence, specifically rape and murder. Read up on the ANC’s ‘People’s war’ to grasp further how rape is apart of their method of forcing people to their line of thinking.

    Perhaps if people woke up to the hell they released on the good citizens of South Africa by allowing the ANC to rule, they would start to realise why Apartheid was a necessary evil.

  • I read an article about rape in South Africa on a lefty sight about a year ago. I looked for the article so that I could post a link but I couldn’t find it.

    In that article they explained that African rape, as compared to European and American rape must be viewed with cultural perspective. It was a long article with a short message: one man’s tackling, beating and tying up of a sex partner is another man’s rough foreplay.

    And to think, we’ve got all of those nuclear missiles just sitting down there in the holds of those subs, going to waste. 

  • dhs

    Whatever deficiencies black men have they have one great capability: their immunity to Feminism. If  the white men in any nation were on a similar rape rampage, the feminists would put all other woman-issues on back burner until the white male sexual predators were terminated.

  • JohnEngelman

    BERTRAND Russell was not the most successful of political prophets. If he had not died almost thirty years ago of extreme old age, he would surely have been astonished to see that humanity has not yet blown itself to bits. But he did have an acute eye for the unregenerate side of political human nature. In a sprightly little essay on “The Superior Virtue of the Oppressed,” he urged his readers not to confuse the need to liberate oppressed peoples from their oppressors with the expectation that they would behave nicely when they had been liberated. On the contrary, we might think that justice demands their emancipation, but we should expect them to use their freedom to settle old scores and to perpetrate a good deal of oppression in their turn.http://www.dissentmagazine.org/article/?article=1581     

  • BJDeller

    During my 24 years living in South Africa, leaving in 1999 when I realised that it is another black disaster  country in waiting, violent crime was horrific with many “gated communities” (sound familiar?) being set up including ours around over 300 homes with a steel pallisade fence around all the homes (there were many such areas where we lived)and three entrances only with an armed guard/barrier for controlled access, the official statistics were that one in three women,. mostly black of course, would be raped soem many times at some time in their lives.  As 25% of the population (black mainly) are HIV positive, the consequences of rape are terrible especially when as happened on many occasions before the gated communities and all of us being legally armed with handguns, and we had block watch systems as well, some would brake into a home and gang-rape the wife and daughters in front of other family members before torturing for credit and bank cards to steal the cash, driving away in the victims’ cars, personal belongings stacked in the back.
    Apartheid could have worked because the majority of the blacks would be able to determine their own futures with the whites helping them with advice and logistics, but Mandela and the other terrorsist wanted it all, no working for it.  A slick propaganda campaign and a few short years later, history has been made and it will not be good if written truthfully.
    It will be ironic if the USA adopts Apartheid now. 

  • KenelmDigby

    Feminists in the USA and elsewhere have but one great enemy – White men. The upshot of the ‘civil rights’ nonsense that caused so much damage to the USA after the 1960s was an unspoken alliance between blacks and feminists to marginalize White men.
     Ultimately this will prove to be a very big mistake on the part of White women.

  • Detroit_WASP
  • ATBOTL

    Rushton wrote an article for Amren about race and personality that discuses higher measured psychopathy among blacks.  There are a horrific number of hardcore psychopaths in black populations.  In a place like South Africa, there are numerous serial killers and serial rapists roaming free with little chance of ever being caught by the incompetent, lazy and corrupt black police.  

  • Jay1

    This report is racist!  Black people are oppressed, especially black men.  I do not and cannot believe that a black person can be an oppressor in any way shape or form.  Before the evil white man arrived, Africa was a place of social justice and peace.  I actually had a leftist, feminist college professor tell us that in a class on Africa.  (No joke – and she named her son ‘Sasha’ to boot, and wondered to us in class if it was okay, or would he be the target of bullies.)

    Black men have been oppressed in all times and in all places by evil white people, who taught all the evil to the black people, and so if a black person does something that we white people consider evil (ironic, huh?) then he is merely acting out against the structural racism that holds him down.  Even in places where few to no white people have tread, there must have been some legacy of oppression somehow disrupting every fibre of black society.

    We need to denounce those who blame black people for any crime at all.  We must join with the feminists and keep silent when topics such as blacks mass raping women.  If the feminists agree by their silence that only white men can be guilty of rape, then who are we to oppose them!