Joanne Joseph: Female bodies are constantly under siege

Increased reports of the assault and murder of women and children are a mere snapshot of everyday life in South Africa says 702's Afternoon Drive show host Joanne Joseph.

At the weekend, the body of 10-year-old Katlego Joja was found in the Moretele River in Mamelodi, this while the Gauteng Social Development Department continues with its efforts to bring the rapist of a 2-month old baby girl to book.

On Monday, reports emerged Member of Parliament, Mduduzi Manana may have been embroiled once again, in a case of assault after his former domestic worker laid a charge against him only to withdraw it later.

Joseph asks whether anyone cares about the sector of the population that’s most under attack.

What do these three incidents as mere snapshots of everyday life in South Africa tell us? They remind us that female bodies are unprotected, neglected, degraded, attacked - are in general, constantly under siege.

Joanne Joseph, Host of 702's Afternoon Drive

There are civil rights groups that speak of a genocide in this country. Does anyone care about the sector of the population that’s most under attack? Does anyone care that our mothers, our sisters, our grandmothers, our daughters live in fear everyday? And the abuse happens in all spheres.

Joanne Joseph, Host of 702's Afternoon Drive

And it won't stop unless we choose to name the perpetrators, unless we choose to longer be the perpetrators, unless we choose not to safeguard the perpetrators. I hope we’re fed up and angry enough to make the right choice.

Joanne Joseph, Host of 702's Afternoon Drive

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