n South African Medical Journal - Rape in South Africa : correspondence

Volume 103, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



Dr Naidoo is to be commended for reminding readers of the scourge that is rape. However, he has overlooked the main reason for the abysmally low conviction rate. In many, if not most, allegations of rape there is no witness, and no material evidence. He says that consent was given; she denies it. The magistrate has the unenviable task of deciding who is the more convincing of the two.

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