Rape tweet is ‘irresponsible’

Comment on this story
IOL news apr 25 ca pg2 Clayson Monyela done INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPERS Department of international relations and co-operation spokesman Clayson Monyela. Photo: Phill Magakoe

 Human rights advocates have slammed Department of International Relations and Co-operation spokesman Clayson Monyela for saying that the boys and men who gang-raped a 17-year-old mentally disabled girl last month should be raped in prison.

Just Detention International (JDI) said in a statement that “When government officials promote prisoner rape, nobody is safe. Clayson Monyela is quoted as saying that he hopes the perpetrators will ‘find like-minded monsters in jail to give them a taste of their own medicine’,” said JDI, based in SA and the US. It seeks to end sexual abuse in all forms of detention.

Monyela said on Wednesday he had already retracted his remark.

“On the day the story broke I tweeted that I shall be praying for them to get a taste of their own medicine. “I didn't call for that. I said I prayed for it. But then I realized that was a bit over the top and retracted the remark.”

Lovisa Stannow, JDI’s executive director, said that Monyela’s remarks were horrifying. “It is irresponsible for anyone to claim that the proper response to one brutal crime is another brutal crime.

“When a government official makes that statement, it puts people’s lives at risk.”

Sasha Gear, a programme director at JDI’s Joburg office, said that, unfortunately, we know such attacks were common.

“But they are not so different from the rape of people behind bars. Sexual violence is fuelled by hyper-masculine attitudes that connect manhood to the abuse of people who appear vulnerable. Calling for the perpetrators in this case to be raped is not a call for justice. Rather, it will lead only to more sexual violence.”

According to a government study, 7 percent of inmates in SA reported being subjected to unwanted sexual attention; nearly half of all inmates reported sexual abuse in prison happens “sometimes”, “often”, or “very often”. Prisoner rape has fuelled the spread of HIV/Aids.

JDI collaborates with advocacy groups, corrections officials, and government agencies to end sexual abuse in SA’s prisons. - Cape Argus

sign up

Comment Guidelines

  1. Please read our comment guidelines.
  2. Login and register, if you haven’ t already.
  3. Write your comment in the block below and click (Post As)
  4. Has a comment offended you? Hover your mouse over the comment and wait until a small triangle appears on the right-hand side. Click triangle () and select "Flag as inappropriate". Our moderators will take action if need be.

  5. Verified email addresses: All users on Independent Media news sites are now required to have a verified email address before being allowed to comment on articles. You are only required to verify your email address once to have full access to commenting on articles. For more information please read our comment guidelines