Op-Ed

Remembering 10 Years of Rape During Women's Month

The ten-year anniversary of President Jacob Zuma's rape trial is a sad reminder of how the system can fail women.

Women’s Month slid back into our lives last week like a greasy Twitter follower slides into the DMs. It’s a time when anyone worth their salt will suddenly wake up to the possibilities of women, "the need to uphold rights" and the celebration of how much women contribute to society by simply being. What makes this Women’s Month even more poignant is that it is cloaked not only in the local elections but also the ten-year anniversary of President Jacob Zuma’s State vs Zuma rape acquittal.

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Op-Ed

#FeesMustFall: The Threat of the Penis and the Gun in South Africa’s Revolutionary Spaces

South Africa’s student protest spaces are rife with instances of sexual and physical assault, only a fraction of which have come to light.

The revolution has always been a belligerent space with so much fire and viva one can barely sleep for all the high octane energy running through your blood. Being anti-establishment is never a safe place to be. More often than not you can end up on the wrong end of a stun gun, a smoke bomb or, in the case of women and queer people in the #FeesMustFall movement, a penis. South Africa’s student protest spaces are rife with instances of sexual and physical assault, only a fraction of which have actually come to light.

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