Inspired by the highly-publicised silent rape protest by four women during President Jacob Zuma’s speech at the IEC centre, actress Tumi Morake relived her own rape ordeal.
During a recent interview, Tumi opened up on how she lost her virginity at the hands of a rapist. The incident, which she said happened when she was much younger, left her traumatized, and took her about a year and a half to bounce back on her feet.
“I was raped but never spoke about it till now‚ and it is probably because of this Khwezi thing‚” she said.
“But that was how I lost my virginity.”
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However, instead of hiding behind her shadows for the rest of her life, Tumi twisted the horrible experience to favour her. According to the actress, the traumatic experience has equipped her with the necessary strength to achieve whatever she wants.
“I have an erection every time I walk on stage‚ a big throbbing erection because this was the one thing that could have ended me‚ but instead gave me the strength to work harder.”
The national debate on rape erupted after four women silently protested against rape on national TV. The protest interrupted President Jacob Zuma’s speech at the IEC result centre earlier this month.
The women were dressed up in black, holding up placards saying, “10 years on”, “khanga,” “Remember Kwezi.”
The later was in reference to the woman who accused Zuma of raping her in 2006. However, he was acquitted of the rape charges. In addition to Tumi Morake, another celebrity, Ntsiki Mazwai, took to Twitter to share what she thinks about the issue of rape.
Without mincing words, she recounted the incident which led to her being raped by someone in the industry.
“An industry guy once forced his dick inside me,” Ntsiki tweeted without calling names.
Her comments painted the real picture of what it really feels like to be sexually assaulted especially when you can’t do anything about it.