• Reporting on rape – choose to be on a need to know basis

    I’ve been thinking really long and hard about this – where do we draw the learn between access to information and press freedom vs plain ole’ voyeurism (or, my partner calls it, the “insatiable lust for gory details”)? I’m referring specifically to the issue of rape and how it is currently reported in our country. At the moment, sadly, we have quite a few high-profile cases and news reports involving rape. The ongoing ‘Sunday Rapist’ court case is one such story, the rape of an 82 year-old woman in Swayimane, KwaZulu-Natal another. And then there is the interview with Debbie Calitz and Bruno Pelizzari a few weeks back – they…

  • I am South African and I say it’s not ‘ok’

    Like a train wreck that you can’t seem to look away from, I’ve been following the story of three South African men who brutally murdered a family in Gauteng and then laughed their way through the bail hearing. What makes this especially horrific is the sheer violence of the crime and the fact that a young child  was bound, gagged and drowned in a bath of scalding hot water for witnessing the murders of his mum and dad. I will not go into the gory details, you can read it here While you’re there, take a gander down to the comments section – the actual focus of my post. As…