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Legislation underway pushes for life imprisonment against rapists

24 October 2016 2:42 PM
Nearly 150 women report being raped daily, but less than 30 of the reported cases are prosecuted with only 10 convictions.

Legislation is currently underway to ensure that rapists are dealt with harshly, especially those who rape the elderly.

The Introduction of the Judicial Matters Amendment Bill, which will be debated by members of parliament this coming week, carries a life imprisonment as a minimum sentence for older persons.

702's Azania Mosaka spoke to research associate at Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research, Lisa Vetten, about the issue.

Vetten said although the legislation it well intended, it might be problematic as it creates categories of women who are least and most vulnerable to rape while that's not the case.

Listen to the conversation below:

What we're doing is proliferating categories of people who we think are vulnerable. In the process, we create categories of women who we say are not that vulnerable.

Lisa Vetten, Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research

24 October 2016 2:42 PM