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Day 189: Monday, 15 March 2010

Posted by steve@buddyandme.co.za

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My full new itinerary including Namibia and Botswana to the end of the tour (19 May 2010).

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To make a donation to or information on any of the organisations involved in assisting victims of child rape and abuse, please click on one of the following links:

Beares
Lubners
Bobbi Bear Foundation (KwaZulu-Natal)
The Teddy Bear Clinic (Gauteng)
The TygerBear Foundation (Western Cape)
GRIP (Mpumalanga)
StepThru (Gauteng)

What can I say but, man what a wonderful day I had today. Usually when people arrive home feeling absolutely exhausted they say “Phooo what a terrible day” but when I arrive ‘home’, home being where I lay my head at night, and feel absolutely exhausted I know I have had a productive day, and today was no exception.

It started with a hearty breakfast produced by my 8 star hostess Linda, and believe me, if a breakfast like that doesn’t get someone ‘op en waker’ then nothing will. Then I headed out for Paarl and had a magic day with the Beares staff where I had a great chat with everyone and got their in-put as to what should be done to stop the raping of children, and oh boy did they come up with some hum dinger ideas, it’s just a pity our government won’t listen to the various forms of the death penalty that could be applied for child rapists.

Beares staff Paarl

Then it was a matter of driving the 63 kilometres through what I can only describe as ‘Gods country’ through Stellenbosch to Somerset West. Here I met a group of ladies who are seriously involved in providing support for victims of child rape as well as a group who are seriously involved in providing support for adult rape victims. These groups are called ‘Patch’ and the ‘Helderburg Rape Crisis Center’ respectively.

I think the most important aspect of our discussion centred around the fact that the situation of child offenders in the Helderburg as well as the general Eastern and Western Cape region is totally out of control. Probably the most incredible bit of information I was given is the fact that our esteemed government is once again going to make yet another major blunder, as they did when they scrapped the rape act back in 1998 and excluded the rape of a male, be it an adult or a child, and created the “Sexual Abuse Act” which incorporated the rape of a male. This has subsequently, in November 2007 been changed and the ‘Sexual offences Act 32 of 2007 has once again included the rape of a male into the same ’Rape Act’ as that which defines the rape of a female.

But to get back to the latest bit of devastating news and the latest blunder being made by our esteemed government and legislators is the fact that, according to what I was told today, they are in the process of developing yet another catastrophic bit of legislation with which they “Will hold parents liable for the criminal activities perpetrated by their children”.

Now personally I believe this is a very good thing, as long as parents have the right to discipline their children and not be subjected to the ridiculous laws pertaining to the child abuse act as I have mentioned on numerous occasions in my blog’s. but on this point I was told that our esteemed government is yet again changing the ‘Child Abuse Act’ back to incorporate the fact that a parent will once again have the right to chastise their child in the form of disciplining him or her, woop dee doo they have come up with something new, the fact that this act was in place for many years prior to them changing it, and was accepted as an acceptable practise is beside the point. Why did they change it in the first place?

Before I get off this subject I just want to mention the fact that, our esteemed legislators and government promulgated a law in November 2007, the ‘Sexual Offences Act 32/2007’ a section of which states that “Any person who is made aware of the fact that a child has been raped or sexually abused, and who does not report the matter to the authorities is guilty of an offence”, and according to all the police officials I have interviewed as well as court officials I have interviewed to date cannot confirm that one single person has been charged under this section of the Act, and this is in-spite of the fact that south Africa is experiencing on average 580 child rape cases every day with only 15 to 18 percent of them being reported. So why do we not see hundreds of mothers being charged under this act?

I personally think it’s time our government stopped producing incredible pieces of legislation trying to impress the people and actually started implementing the laws they themselves have created. Maybe then we might actually get somewhere.

Well as I said, I had a terrific day today in Somerset West in particular and by the time I drove out of the town it was 4;30pm and the traffic through to Melkbos Strand was chaotic which resulted in ‘Buddy and Me’ taking a little more than an hour and a half to drive the 78 kilometres and so arrived ‘home’ a little after 6pm.

<i>Me chatting to the ladies of <b>‘Patch'</b> and <b>‘The Rape Crisis Centre of Helderburg’</b></i>

Me chatting to the ladies of ‘Patch' and ‘The Rape Crisis Centre of Helderburg’

<i>The whole group, with Buddy in his element to be surrounded by all these lovely ladies</i>

The whole group, with Buddy in his element to be surrounded by all these lovely ladies

I was intending to start writing about the six factors which have been included in my proposal to the President which I believe needs to be implemented to stop the raping and sexual abuse of children tonight, but I am really exhausted after my tremendous day in the Cape region and so promise I will include factor one in tomorrow nights blog.

So keep well, and ya you got it, keep all children safe.

Caring regards from
‘Buddy and Me’ (Steve Heath)
steve@buddyandme.co.za

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