TODAY The Star calls on all our readers to take a stand against rape.

“We abhor all forms of sexual assault on any person, young or old,” said editor Makhudu Sefara, “and we have consistently shone a light on this scourge where we have found it; from suburbs and townships to the courtroom and all the way into the the country’s jails.

“The only way to successfully combat this scourge is by speaking out, by providing prosecutors with the evidence they need to remove the perpetrators from society.

“Today, together with our partners in LeadSA, we repeat that call. Stand up. Speak out. Help us to help you turn this evil around once and for all.”

LeadSA, a partnership between Independent Newspapers and Primedia Broadcasting, yesterday decided to use its collective force to galvanise and mobilise South Africans following news of the rape and death of 17-year-old Anene Booysens at the weekend.

Yesterday, President Jacob Zuma took the unprecedented step of issuing a statement about her death, describing what happened as “shocking, cruel and inhumane”.

“It has no place in our country. We must never allow ourselves to get used to these acts of base criminality to our women and children.”

Yesterday, LeadSA activist Yusuf Abramjee said Anene should become a rallying point for the country to unite in the fight against rape.

“The collective rage must be channelled into positive action and outcomes,” he said.

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