South Africa Leads World in Rape Cases

Anita Powell, Voice of America, January 9, 2013

South Africa is often called the “rape capital of the world,” and it is estimated that more than 70 percent of women have experienced sexual abuse. On Tuesday, five men attacked and gang-raped a young woman in the capital, Pretoria. In the shadow of a similar attack in India that mobilized millions to protest, activists in Johannesburg say they do not understand why more South Africans are not outraged.

Police say the young woman was waiting overnight Tuesday in line to register at the Tshwane University of Technology.

Five men dragged her into the bushes, raped her and stole her phone and money.  Police say no suspect has been been arrested.

When a young student in New Delhi was gang-raped by six men, beaten and left to die last month, the horrific act sparked mass protests across India.


But in South Africa, says activist Zubeda Dangor, it is likely that this one student’s horrific ordeal will simply fade from public view.

Dangor, who is of Indian ancestry, is the executive director of the Nisaa Institute for Women’s Development. The name of the non-religious organization references a chapter of the Koran that speaks of women’s rights.

“Why is South African society complacent about something like this?” she asks. “And, the lesson that we do take from the Indian experience is that we do need to be able to stand up. We are people that have a struggle history, that have organized. But we organized in terms of liberation of South Africa, but we can’t seem to get our act together in terms of organizing against sexual violence.”

South African police documented more than 64,000 rapes last year. And, that figure includes only reported rapes.  Sexual assault is one of the most underreported crimes worldwide.

A widely cited 2010 study by the Medical Research Council found that more than a quarter of South African men have admitted to raping a girl or woman. One in seven men admitted to gang rape.

Dangor says no woman is safe. Rape victims include babies, girls and old women.

South Africa also struggles with unacceptably high levels of abuse.  According to government figures, 90 percent of women have experienced emotional and physical abuse and 71 percent have experienced sexual abuse.


A South African police spokeswoman refused to comment for this story, but police have said they are committed to fighting sexual assault.

But, until they succeed, it is likely that tomorrow, some 175 South African girls and women will be raped.

And another 175 the next day—and so on.

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  • WmarkW

    South African is not necessarily the rape capital of the world. Rape reportage comes from a combination of sexual assault acts with law enforcement reporting system. South African has that because of its European heritage. Rape is probably more prevalent in Liberia and the Congo, they just don’t have the infrastructure in place to measure it accurately.

    • Oil Can Harry

      Correct, there are at least as many rapes in the rest of Sub-Saharan Africa- and probably in Haiti, as well.

      However, since SA does a better job of recording these crimes they are sometimes unfairly accused of being the world’s rape/murder/robbery capital.

    • So CAL Snowman

      I read a very credible report that said at one time in the 80’s or early 90’s over 70% of the women of darfur and Rwanda admitted to being raped or sexually assaulted.

      • StillModerated

        And much of that was by blue-helmet UN “peacekeepers.”

        • Pelay0

          Are you serious? Is there any info about that online? Another feather up the a$$ of the UN. I wish to Hell that we’d withdraw from the bunch of criminals and kick them out of NY. We could use the building for office space.

    • Pelayo

      I thought that in Liberia they were more “into” chopping off limbs.

      • Ron

        Don’t forget about the ever popular African necktie, or as we like to call it here a flaming tire around your neck until you die.

    • Damien1981

      And you know who’s fault it is?

      Yeah, the evil white man…

      If one in 7 men in South Africa has gang raped a woman, there are more than 7.1 million gang rapists in SA. The white population is just over 4 million. Food for thought…

      • Ron

        I believe our government should institute a new policy concerning African immigrants. This program would be a little different though. We would trade black African Americans for White Africans. That way the black people can escape the evil racist white man and the African Whites could escape the evil rapist black man. Win-win situation.

    • Ron

      Very good point, agreed.

  • America First

    ” . . .more than a quarter of South African men have admitted to raping a girl or woman. One in seven men admitted to gang rape.” If the measures are based upon admissions, we can reasonably assume the true figures are much higher.

  • Oil Can Harry

    Sigh, the Legacy of Apartheid…

  • So CAL Snowman

    South Africa also struggles with unacceptably high levels of abuse.”

    Unacceptable to WHOM? Sure to White Westerners this type of uncivilized behavior is completely unacceptable, but obviously given the state of african nations, this type of behavior is perfectly acceptable by the afican population at large and is considered quite normal.

    • annoyinglylongname

      Using the logic of the American Media, perhaps the solution to this rampant rape in South Africa is the removal of all penises from men in South Africa. That correlates to the removal of all firearms for the misuse of a few in this country. I think we should put Obama and Sheriff Joe on a plane over there to deal with this catastrophe

      • The__Bobster

        Missing penises do seem to be a problem in Afreaka.

        That politician stole my penis’
        Posted Thu, 30 Sep 2004

        A mob in northeast Nigeria has beaten a government official to death after he was accused of causing a man’s penis to disappear, police said on Wednesday.

        Jibril Na-Allah, a local council official from northern Kano State, died on Monday from his injuries in a hospital in the northeastern city of Maiduguri, a police spokesman said.

        Na-Allah had travelled to Maiduguri to attend a two-day workshop, and was asking for directions to a restaurant when he was attacked along with his three companions.

        As they were talking, one of the mob suddenly claimed to have lost his penis and accused Na-Allah and his companions of being responsible.

        • Joseph

          If ONLY we could do that magic here.

        • Ron

          I present to the good people of AmRen a very fascinating article, enjoy.

          Lynchings in Congo as penis theft panic hits capital

          (Reuters) – Police in Congo
          have arrested 13 suspected sorcerers accused of using black magic to
          steal or shrink men’s penises after a wave of panic and attempted
          lynchings triggered by the alleged witchcraft.

          Reports of so-called penis snatching are not
          uncommon in West Africa, where belief in traditional religions and
          witchcraft remains widespread, and where ritual killings to obtain blood
          or body parts still occur.

          Rumors of penis theft began circulating last week in Kinshasa, Democratic
          Republic of Congo’s sprawling capital of some 8 million inhabitants.
          They quickly dominated radio call-in shows, with listeners advised to
          beware of fellow passengers in communal taxis wearing gold rings.

          Yes, there is actually more.

      • Joseph

        Yeah, Sheriff Joe and Obama on a plane. That’s a thought picture.

    • Joseph

      Oh, no. I’ve seen pictures of condemning billboards and other similar deterrents to violence there. It’s pretty trendy. They work just like the “No Guns” signs at schools here.

      • Ron

        Where I live the signs say “FREE BLING BLING… if you bring a gun to school” and the picture shows some white kid in handcuffs. Yeah I wonder who that billboard is targeting.

  • StillModerated

    Meanwhile, back in Detroilet, rape goes virtually undetected due to bungling police incompetence:

  • Some of these cases are “corrective rape” these are rapes of lesbians who their attackers think that they would turn straight after the rape. Also, there is a prevailing myth that if a HIV infected man has sex with a virgin, it would cure his illness. This is why a large number of babies and young children are raped.

    • The__Bobster

      They can’t trust any Bantu girl over 10 to be a virgin.

    • LaSantaHermandad

      And we’re supposed to believe that they’re equal to us in every way. SA women ought to seek out these creatures and gang castrate and penectomy them. Let them spend the rest of their miserable lives as eunuchs who pee through a plastic tube. Maybe they’ll be so depressed over their inability to rape, that they’ll kill themselves.

      • LaSantaHermandad

        OH. I forgot that the women should also sever their Achilles Tendons in order to immobilize them.

  • MartelC

    Do you notice how MSM has lost interest in South Africa?

    • The__Bobster

      After they stir up anti-White sentiment, they always move on to the next country and say everything is just fine. They never take responsibility for their actions.

    • BellaCosa

      Just wait until Nelson Mandela passes away…I guarantee you that the collective weeping and hand-wringing throughout the West over his death will make the attention that, say, Churchill got after he died seem like a pitiful little afterthought.

  • Athling

    Who can forget these atrocities…

    • Joseph

      >Again, it comes down to this: WHITES are responsible.

      >Criminy these people are deplorable. From the link you provided:

      “Local politician Nomvula Mokanyane says that under apartheid, African
      men were stripped of power and prestige. Now they take their revenge on
      women, and on tiny children.”

      >Yeah, THAT must be the problem: Apartheid. Why does this sound so familiar here in U.S. ?Sure, they are ‘sick’ and more ‘education’ will fix the problem. Get out the U.N. checkbook.See, AIDS and poverty *cause* the behavior rather than being a *result* of bad behavior. These men are victims as surely as the children. Oh yeah, do you need a pen to sign that check?And they’re ‘mystified’. No doubt they are.<

  • IstvanIN

    South Africa doesn’t have a rape problem, the world has a black problem. I doubt any other race rapes as much as blacks do.

    • Whirlwinder

      Islam loves to rape the white women of Europe, especially Sweden and Norway. They believe that non-muslems are sub-human anyway so what the h*ll. The EU hides the rape stats because it would reflect badly on their immigration policies which are cracked anyway. The crazy elite socialist/marxist elite leadership cannot what the invasion of Islam is doing to their world. And the people suffer unimaginablly.

  • Don’t they win this honor every year?

  • Diamond_Lil

    Brace yourselves. I am going to say something very un-Pc: I don’t/cannot care about anyone other than my children and those of my race anymore.

  • shattered

    South Africa, once the jewel of Africa but now a deteriorating place of tribal gangs, drugs, violence, and rape.

  • Joseph

    “Why is South African society complacent about something like this?” she asks.

    Gosh, lessee now…hmmm…

    I give up.

  • Leelywhite

    South Africa is a world leader! Official stats: no 1 in the world for tuberculosis, asthma, emphysema, fetal alcohol syndrome. Also, ten years ago 25% pregnant women at government clinics were HIV positive. Now it’s 36%. Recently revealed stats: only 2% kids born into a nuclear family, 40% raised by women, the rest left to their own devices.
    Fifty percent of teenagers illiterate and innumerate.
    But, hey! As the world’s premium supplier of platinum, chromium and iron ore, the country must have a bright future, not so?

  • littleboy

    A biologist friend once told me that in hunter gather societies the instances of stranger rapes are 30x higher than in societies that developed agriculture. There is evidence of a feed back loop between culture and selected for traits.

  • Guest

    What the heck is wrong with people in South Africa thinking that having sex with a baby will “cure” AIDS? Are they really that stupid, and do they have no common sense at all??? That doesn’t make any sense. It’s 2013. Open a newspaper or a book. I understand it’s still a developing nation, but there is no excuse for that kind of stupidity and filth. Anyone that would touch a baby should kill themselves, because you can’t fix that kind of perversion.

  • Sadwithsociety

    What the heck is wrong with people in South Africa thinking that having sex with a baby will “cure” AIDS? Are they really that stupid, and do they have no common sense at all??? It’s 2013. Open a newspaper or a book. I understand it’s still a developing nation, but there is no excuse for that kind of stupidity and filth. Anyone that would touch a baby should kill themselves, because you can’t fix that kind of perversion. It really doesn’t help blacks fight against stereotypes and racism when the rest of the world reads this kind of horrors. Apartheid was bad, this is worse.