A look at gang rape and 'jackrolling' on #spotlightonrape campaign

Today's edition of #spotlightonrape looks at gang rape and 'jackrolling' to raise awareness on South Africa's high rate of sexual violence.

The word "jackroll" was coined to refer to the forceful abduction of women in townships during the 1980s by a gang called the jackrollers and has come became a commonly used term in township vocabulary to this day.

Girls would be abducted and subjected to lengthy periods of gang rape.

The #spotlightonrape campaign looks at various manifestations of sexual violence.

702's Azania Mosaka spoke to Head of Communication at SA Human Rights Commission, Isaac Mangena, and Professor Rachel Jewkes at regarding the issue.

Listen to the conversation below:

It's the idea that women are beneath men and that men are entitled to do something as heinous as gang raping if they can.

Prof Rachel Jewkes, SA Research Council

Male and adolescent boys come together and see it as a way of entertainment which also cements a bond.

Prof Rachel Jewkes, SA Research Council

Mangena weighed-in on a phenomenon called 'lebanta' (meaning belt) which was popular in the community he grew up in.

Lebanta was seen as a right of passage, where younger boys had to find different girls for the group of boys to violate sexually.

It was an issue of peer pressure and trying to fit in. It was how the older boys inducted the younger boys into the group.

Isaac Mangena, Head of Communications at SA Human Right Commission

Parents won't ask about some of these issues. If you're lucky, you'd be beaten for being in the streets at night.

Isaac Mangena, Head of Communications at SA Human Rights Commission
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