Actress Samkelo Ndlovu has weighed in on the rape culture in South Africa and the stereotype that women that women lead men to rape.
In the wake of increasing rape ordeals in the country, Samkelo has declared war against men who disrespect women and hide behind rape culture.
The popular Rhythm City actress shared a post about SA’s rape culture that gave women a lot of DOs and DON’Ts to avoid being raped including not taking taxis that were only occupied by men.
Consequently, Samkelo didn’t mince words in condemning the stereotype of the women being the cause of rape. She doesn’t think it’s fair to women because, at times like this, it was men who could not control themselves.
“Basically, don’t wear short skirt, don’t stay out late, don’t drink, don’t leave the house, leave the house because even at home you are in danger, don’t go out with your friends, don’t laugh too loud, don’t get into a taxi, don’t travel alone, don’t wear tight cloths, don’t jog in your shorts, don’t eat oysters in front of men, don’t go to church, or work, or school- because you’re still in danger. Basically, don’t live.
And men? Carry on as per normal. Don’t mind us, we are being raped by scarecrows. You’re absolutely not the problem at all here,” she wrote.
She added that she is tired of the whole situation of being told how to live her life in order to avoid rape.
“Tired of the men that aren’t spoken to and told how they should not feel entitled to a woman’s body. So tired of men beating us and raping us!… We are not safe. We are in danger women and children, and all they can do for us is ’16 days of activism’. I’m defeated,” she added.
In her opinion, the real solution to rape culture should be to give men a good orientation on how to respect women.