oa Comparative and International Law Journal of Southern Africa - A note on several aspects of rape in Swaziland

Volume 19, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0010-4051



Rape is a serious problem in Swaziland but its treatment by the courts indicates that it is not taken seriously enough. Although Swazi culture has a high respect for women, evidenced by the position of the Queen Mother and the respect afforded the mother in the traditional homestead, women are not free to walk about the country without fear of sexual assault. Rape is not simply a "women's issue" but is an issue which effects everyone, male or female. Every man who cares for any woman - his wife, his mother, his sister, his child - is concerned to protect her from the violence and humiliation of rape. It is important that the laws be made to conform to the realities of life today in Swaziland, that the public be educated as to what to do if they or someone they know is raped, and that the crime be taken seriously by both the criminal justice system and the public at large.

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