April 25, 2012 1 Comment
JOINT PRESS STATEMENT
Civil society organisations call for Head of Public Diplomacy, Clayson Monyela, to retract his statement made on 18 April, 2012 regarding the Braamfischerville rape case.
On the 18thApril, South Africa’s Head of Public Diplomacy, Clayson Monyela “prayed” for the rape in prison of a group of boys and men charged with gang-raping a 17-year-old girl. Using Twitter on 18 April, Mr. Monyela said he would be “praying for the 7 rapists to find like-minded monsters in jail to give them a taste of their own medicine”. Mr. Monyela’s statement is dangerous, misguided, and inconsistent with South Africa’s Constitution and laws.
The Braamfischerville rape of a mentally disabled teenage girl by seven men and boys has rightly been the subject of recent media furor. The cell phone video of the assault went viral throughout social media networks, quickly becoming the shame and concern of the nation.