If you want cool, calm and collected be warned: this post is not for you! Please feel free to browse through my other “feel good” posts, but this one will not be one of those.
I am totally enraged at the complete and utter failure of the so-called Justice System in South Africa. Once again, it has managed to fail a victim. Anene Booysen’s name has already been added to the long lists of dead and raped victims in our country. We are after all the Rape Capital of the world. How sickening is that! Now, her name can also be added to the never ending list of victims who have been failed by a system, which is supposed to be in place to protect.
For those of you who don’t know Anene Booysen’s tragic story, let me enlighten you. At the tender age of 17, Anene went out partying with friends not far from her house on the 1st of February 2013. In the early morning hours of 2 February 2013, a security guard found her. She had been gang-raped, beaten to a pulp and disemboweled. They managed to get her to a hospital and after hours of struggling, she passed away. Her life taken, her family destroyed. Before she died, however, she managed to name one of her attackers, Jonathan Davids, and old family friend.
The attack was condemned by President Jacob Zuma and countless organisations and individuals added their voice. We had CNN, BBC and Skynews, to name the major players, descend on the little town of Bredasdorp. The United Nations added their voice and Annie Lennox headed up a protest march in Anene’s honor.
Why the outrage?
The State have just withdrawn their case against Jonathan Davids, he is a free man and left to carry on with his life.
Now, these are the facts that I don’t give a rat’s ass about:
I don’t care whether they might have felt that she led them on! No girl will want this to happen to her, I don’t care who says what.
I don’t care whether, as is speculated, he has turned State Witness! He was no witness to the attach. If he stood by and watched it happen, he is as much of a dog turd as the guys who did it. Where were her rights?
I don’t care whether, as is speculated, she identified him in error. Do you honestly think that she would have thought, in her dying moments, who can I screw over for this and then pick a name?
How many more woman and children need to have their lives destroyed before the Justice System will actually do what it is supposed to do.
I am sick to my stomach. Literally.
We are reaching a boiling point, a point where the community will start to take justice into their own hands. How are we supposed to have any faith in our Justice System? Government beware: You are at the brink of a revolution. You better act fast!