Sat Sep 20 20:00:12 SAST 2014
5 things you should know about this week

It's very difficult to keep track of news amongst hundreds of headlines a day. So we will pick out t.

'They're raping us in open fields'

By Moses Mackay | Nov 10, 2011 | COMMENTS [ 62 ]

A CAPE TOWN resident and member of the Social Justice Coalition Zukiswa Qezo says many women residents at a Khayelitsha informal settlement are being raped when they relieve themselves in an open field due to insufficient toilets in the area.

She was speaking at the second Irene Grootboom Memorial Lecture in Khayelitsha earlier this week.

The event, hosted and organised by the Social Justice Coalition, was attended by about 300 people, including community organisations, parents and children.

Grootboom was a housing rights activist best known for her victory before the Constitutional Court in 2000.

The court in its ruling found the government had not met its obligation to provide adequate housing for the residents of housing rights campaigns in South Africa and elsewhere.

At the time of her death in August 2008 Grootboom, 39, was still living in a shack.

Qezo said Khayelitsha's RR-Section residents - especially women - suffered the indignity of having to answer the call of nature in the open field because of the lack of toilets.

"They (women) do so alongside men. They are being raped on their way to or after they had relieved themselves," she said.

Qezo, who lives in the area, said some residents had also been robbed by criminals in the open field.

"For example, my husband was robbed and stabbed above the eye by criminals after he had relieved himself in the open field," she said.

"Many people had been living in informal settlements without or with insufficient toilets in the Mother City since their arrival from Eastern Cape many years ago," she said.

Qezo, lived in P-Section, also in Khayelitsha, after moving to Cape Town in 1991, and had been put on a waiting list after completing the necessary registration forms for a house with the City of Cape Town. Qezo said many people were facing serious challenges such as diseases and lack of safe and clean sanitation and other basic services.

"This is despite 17 years of democracy," she said.

Gavin Silber, policy coordinator at the Social Justice Coalition, said they had decided to organise four Irene Grootboom Memorial Lectures aimed at interacting with residents regarding the challenges they faced in informal settlements.

There were also "two Cape Towns" he said, one of which was characterised by a more affluent area such as Camps Bay or Sea Point, while another comprised places such as Khayelitsha.

Silber, who lives in the CBD, said if they experienced a sewerage blockage in their area it would take only a day or two to be fixed, whereas a similar problem in Khayelitsha could take weeks or months to be repaired.

One of the residents called on the government to nationalise banks to address land and housing problems in the city.

Residents wanted to know why City of Cape Town officials had said there was no land available for decent housing in the city.

Others said ambulances were unable to get into informal settlements and that people were being denied their constitutional rights.

COMMENTS [ 62 ]

Login OR Join up TO COMMENT

Please forgive Die Baas we know that most white people especially boere are victims of inbreeding!!!

Case in point that is why we lost the rugby world cup - white genetic retardation.



Nov 15, 2011 10:22 | 0 replies

Aowa ruri, le ge bare o rata marago, o ka napa wa nyoba motho a enya?

Nov 10, 2011 12:48 | 0 replies

yes give these poor natives some toilets cause they cant do anything for themselves

Nov 10, 2011 12:46 | 0 replies

ja well, add to the flood then, if you must.

Nov 10, 2011 12:0 | 0 replies

RobinH - A pointless remark in the sea of pointless comments.

Nov 10, 2011 11:56 | 0 replies

Pointless remark there, Sinudeity.

Nov 10, 2011 11:53 | 0 replies

The DA are not raping the girls, the rapists are most likely ANC supporters.

Nov 10, 2011 11:46 | 0 replies

some how the foolishness of some of these bloggers amazes me, just how are closed toilets supposed to prevent one from being raped if a rapist is determined to rape as is normally his lifestyle? you forget that most villages in SA ppl have no toilets but there are less rape cases as is in the urburn/cities areas, is it because of overcrowding? rapists/criminals confidence in the knowledge that we have ineffective and corrupt police punks who sell dockets and preventing criminals from being apprehended and convicted? do we have too much drug and alcohol problem that maybe some fo these rapists criminals are under the influence of narcotics when they carry out this rape horror on the communities they live in? simply blaming this on Helen Zille is too simplistic, lets look for real reasons and deal with that, that is if we have courage to vote the gov that has no ability to sort out crime as has been the case in SA hence we are a rape capital of the world, surely that can't be the DA's fault.

Nov 10, 2011 11:23 | 0 replies

from what I gather from this story is that, SA is awash with barbarian s@vage males who lack social skills hence the gangrapes and even raping ppl who are k@king what's a turn on in that? or htey are just like animals they see flesh they become aroused? we have very sick male creatures in thsi country, and the sooner will deal with the CAUSES the better for us all, cause as things stand aids is spreading like wild fires, and that is also strange to me cause SA is reasonably developed unlike other jungle African countries, but we have high hiv/aids infection rate which is mainly perpetuated by rapes, what is wrong with men in this country? please SAn men ask yourselvse what is wrong, why do you have to rape, at the rate that SA is ranked number one in the world? why?

Nov 10, 2011 11:13 | 0 replies

finally punkies and other racists like you, is black or white police who are selling dockets? failing to gather evidence to enable conviction? which is why SAn streets are flooded with gangrapist and corrective rapists? is it Helen Zille who is preventing the courts from prosecuting these aids spreading rapists aided by police who are selling dockets? why has the anc regime nto dealt with the police who are abaiting and enabling these rapists and murderers?

Punkie I get so angry when reading ignorance from the likes of you which causes the same suffering we are complaining about, did you not get education is that why you are so thick, or you just a racist and can not help yourself to reason and think like a normal person should and fairly aportion the blame instead of pushing your anc induced racist agenda?

I am not saying the DA are perfect, but how the hell does anyone blame the DA for the rapists in thsi country, we are the rape capital of the world, how is this the DA's fault? or you've gotten so addicted in blaming someone else when you should act against the gov that FAILS to PROTECT your DIGNITY, jeeer stupid inhabiting our country.

Nov 10, 2011 11:4 | 0 replies

9 provinces in South Africa

8 run by the ANC

1 by DA -which is Western Cape (Cape Town)

so please tell Zille to assist.....

Nov 10, 2011 11:2 | 0 replies