Karen de Kock, MPL
DA Northern Cape: Provincial Spokesperson of Social Development
The Democratic Alliance is of the view that communities must start to stigmatize those men in our families and communities who do not show respect to women. They must be named and shamed by us all. This comes after reports of the alleged rape of a 14-year old pregnant, teenage girl by the son of an ANC mayoral councillor in Roodepan, Kimberley.
The women who suffer are our sisters, daughters, mothers and grandmothers, who will most likely be raped by someone known to them, someone from their community, perhaps even from their own street. We therefore cannot pretend that everything is alright. This provincial government also has to stop pretending that everything is alright. It is not.
The DA calls on Premier Sylvia Lucas, to champion the implementation of the Anti-Rape Strategy from her office. This important strategy appears to have fallen by the wayside and did not even make it into the budget vote speeches of the Departments of Safety or Social Development. The anti-rape strategy was initially due to be finalized in August 2009. Its implementation is long overdue and is desperately needed if the Northern Cape wants to make a dent in the current rape rate, which stands to see at least 50 000 more women across South Africa raped by the end of the year.
At the same time, we ourselves must start to take responsibility for the scourge of rape. Fathers must also take responsibility for their sons. Every father has the responsibility to teach his son the principles of respect, honour, self-restraint and human dignity. Every father must ensure that his son grows up to respect women. This is important we are to turn the tide of this social evil that is running the lives of countless women and their families.