Getting away with rape

Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula
Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula

Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has revealed that sexual violence is rife in her department, admitting in parliament that there had been 69 complaints of rape and sexual harassment in the past three years alone.

However, not a single defence department employee accused of rape has been convicted .

Mapisa-Nqakula was responding to a question from an opposition memeber who wanted to know how many cases of sexual assault, rape and child pornography relating to the department had been reported between 2009 and 2013.

Mapisa-Nqakula said that 15 rapes and 54 sexual assaults were reported to her department during that time , adding that “appropriate policies” and system s were in place to prevent sex crimes.