[LISTEN] Opinion: Laws around sex crimes in SA are not working

Reflecting on Redi Tlhabi's book 'Khwezi: the remarkable story of Fezekile Ntsukela Kuzwayo', Stephen Grootes relays his experience as a journalist covering the rape trial.

Grootes says laws around sex crimes in South Africa are not working for society.

It is not as simple as guilty or not guilty and the result of this is that the law tries to find someone guilty and if that is the verdict they go to jail for 15 years

Stephen Grootes, 702 anchor and Eyewitness News reporter

I think what has happened over time is that judges and magistrates end up bending over backwards to make sure that the accused is treated fairly because otherwise someone goes to jail.

Stephen Grootes, 702 anchor and Eyewitness News reporter

This also means that the lawyers and the whole system has become biased against the person who was raped and so in the end she doesn't get justice.

Stephen Grootes, 702 anchor and Eyewitness News reporter

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