Charges against a man accused of raping and setting alight a nine-year old girl were dropped in last week. Before dying, the girl named her attacker. The Director of Public Prosecutions decided to provisionally withdraw the charges pending further investigation. This has been attributed to the fact that the forensic evidence against the man was described as being “technical, complicated and would take an undetermined amount of time” to process. Some of the evidence has been analysed, but the results of the analysis are inconclusive. The remaining evidence will require a longer process and the State is unable to say when this will be finalised. The man had faced charges of abduction, sexual assault, rape and murder.
- Hon. B Mbete – Speaker: National Assembly, Parliament of South Africa
- Hon. T Modise – Chairperson: National Council of Provinces, Parliament of South Africa
- Hon. P Mabe – Member: National Assembly, Parliament of South Africa
- Hon. L Greyling – Member: National Assembly, Parliament of South Africa
- Hon. L van der Merwe – Member: National Assembly, Parliament of South Africa
- Mr. M Shozi – Chairperson: Commission on Gender Equality
- Adv. ML Mushwana – Chairperson: South African Human Rights Commission
The Shukumisa Campaign would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you on your respective appointments as the Speaker of the National Assembly and Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces. We look forward to a fruitful engagement with you in the coming term.
The Shukumisa Campaign was developed in 2008 by members of the National Working Group on Sexual Offences (NWGSO). The NWGSO was originally formed in 2004 to advocate around the proposed Sexual Offences Bill. On the Bill’s enactment in late 2007, the NWGSO turned its focus to the implementation of the Act via the Shukumisa Campaign. The Shukumisa Campaign has a vision of a South Africa with well crafted, well implemented sexual offences legislation and a strong criminal justice system that supports rape survivor’s access to justice and provides a clear deterrent to rapists.