South Africa is a democratic country with a proud tradition of overcoming apartheid and struggling for human rights.
So why does it have such a high incidence of rape?
I’m Jerry from Newshour and we’ll be talking about this later today.
Why are we covering the topic this week?
Because on Wednesday the trial is due to resume of the men accused of raping and killing one of South Africa’s best-known female footballers and lesbians, Eudy Simelane.
She was the victim of what has come to be known in South Africa as “corrective rape” – the specific crime of targetting people because of their sexual orientation, a practise which has led human rights campaigners to condemn the “culture of impunity” surrounding such attacks.
On Tuesday’s show we will hear some disturbing and shocking personal stories……..women who have had to deal with the horror of being raped, young men who laugh when talking about how they view rape as normal, a man who for the last twenty years has been campaigning for women’s rights but has to live with the memory of the rape he committed when he was 15.
We’d also like to hear your stories and views on this topic. If you live in South Africa, is this something that has affected your life or people close to you? Is the government taking the crime seriously enough?
Perhaps you think the media makes too much of the issue? Whatever your views, wherever you live, we’d like to hear them.
And if you want to hear the programme, tune in to Newshour at 1200GMT on Tuesday 28 July….or listen back online.