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Rape survivor speaks out

Guest speaker and rape survivor, Bukiwe Madalela*, urged men to stop abuse against women and children during the launch of the 16 Days of Activism Campaign in NU1, Mdantsane yesterday, November 25.

Born and bred in Ziphunzana, Duncan Village, Ms Bukiwe Madalela is one of many women who have been raped by men. These men who are supposed to love and protect women and children in society.

Her relationship with her mother was not that good, since she found out that her mother was angry towards her because she was raped and conceived her. She is grateful to her aunts for raising her, even though her relationship with them was strained.

Her neighbour took advantage of her situation by offering assistance and ended up raping her.

Later, she got married and endured a very abusive marriage which never lasted.

One day she went out to a tarven with her friends. On their way back home, they met a group of men who tried to rob them of their belongings. During this time, she was raped for the second instance.

She lived with the stigma of being known in society as someone who had been raped multiple times.

She developed an internal hatred for men and was arrested for the murder of her abusive partner, which resulted in her living behind her son while she served her prison sentence.

The boy had run into trouble with the law, but her prayers were answered when the boy’s behaviour improved.

At the launch, her message to men was, “Stop taking advantage of vulnerable children and women in the society.

The damage you’re causing to us is irreparable. You are destroying our lives. You need to treat every child and woman as if it’s your own sister or relative.”

The Department of Community Safety, CPF, SAPS, Correctional Services, Social Development and Masimanyane women Support Centre pledged their support to the campaign.

Ms Lindelwa Nomlenze, a representative from the Department of Community Safety, praised the CPF members for their dedication to the fight against crime.

She also urged community patrollers in Mdantsane who are accused of vigilantism to stop doing so.

CPF members are expected to uphold the law and the country’s constitution.

*Not her real name

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