I have 5 minutes to post right now, before it is back to the boardroom to paperclip my eyes to my eye lashes in an attempt to keep awake AND focused, but I just had to blog, to say HI & all what with this impending blog break... and because this issue is playing on my mind...
I read this article in the last Sunday Independent.
Police drag heels while rapes continue in Melville.
Jam blogged about the incident recently. It also has been the talk of many people in Jo'burg as I think it has caught an extreme nerve. "That could've been me" has passed through many many a socialising Jo'burger's thoughts, most especially me.
Questions that the article made me think are:
*Why did that Melville satellite police station close down? Especially considering that from Melville to Milpark to Auckland Park to Brixton to Braamfontein to Town crime just gets worse. Surely we want MORE police capacity, not less??
*Where is the constant police presence in Melville, especially on weekend nights, especially seeing as they have had repeat incidences?? And not just for drunken driving or under-age drinking, but rather to make muderers, muggers & rapists be the ones to not feel at ease.
*What are local bar/ pub/ club owners doing about this? I know they met following this girl's rape, but what were the outcomes of this meeting?
*Why do the cops not put up identi-kits all over the vibing streets of Melville so the guys' faces are well known.
*I feel ill and shocked at the comments & reasons given by the rapists to the girls that they raped...that one girl who was a Model-C school black girl "thinks she is better than them" or that "this is the only way we can have sex with a white girl". HOW HOW HOW can guys be raping and thinking such things?
*What the f*ck do I do?? Do I lock myself in my house and not go out at night...chances. Do I only head north from now on - save my boho self, but NO! Do I never go back to Melville cause now I am scared? Do I always go with many friends...not possible, often I am meeting a friend from another direction there for a few quiet drinks, plus the last two girls were walked to their cars with friends to act as protection? Do I use taxis to get to and from the pub - hey, it helps with drinking/driving issues too! What on earth do I personally do to protect myself?????
(Not tell my parents about this article or incident, that's for sure!)
*If it should happen, do I beg the guy(s) to wear a condom, cause I'd rather he wasn't charged than I got HIV/ a STD or pregnant with his spawn. And do I then accept that I am now a crime stat that my government overlooks?