Gender violence in the Spotlight

'Efforts are being made to fix systematic loopholes in reporting rape'

The Commission for Gender Equality says efforts are being made to address the victimisation of rape survivors when reporting the crime to police.

Responding to the #MeToo campaign this week, singer and former ANC MP Jennifer Ferguson published a personal blog with claims that she was raped by current South African Football Association boss Danny Jordaan nearly 24 years ago.

In an interview with Stephen Grootes, Ferguson said it was diffcult for her to report the crime because she was afraid no one would believe her.

READ: Jennifer Ferguson: I found it impossible to speak out about the rape

The Commission's spokesperson Javu Baloyi explains how the manner in which rape cases are dealt with often leads to the unfair treatment of rape survivors.

Victimisation does take place in the police station, the manner in which they ask them questions in an open forum. It is like they are the one's before the prosecutors, not the perpetrator and that scares the people away.

Javu Baloyi, spokesperson of Commission for Gender Equality

Baloyi says the commission is looking to meet with Police Minister Fikile Mbalula to address this.

If police can change their mindset. Don't send a junior police officer to work on this sensitive issue.

Javu Baloyi, spokesperson of Commission for Gender Equality

It is not good enough that I have to single out one police station [Moroka Police Station] throughout Guateng that has done so well to help victims and survivors.

Javu Baloyi, spokesperson of Commission for Gender Equality

He says society also needs to create a safe space for survivors to expose the crimes, and has commended the #MeToo campaign.

We are concerned that the number of rape cases are going to avalanche because people are dying in silence.

Javu Baloyi, spokesperson of Commission for Gender Equality

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