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Saturday, 25 November, 2000, 14:08 GMT
South African men march against rape

Johannesburg: Reputation as the world's 'rape' capital
More than 2,000 men took part in a march in Cape Town on Saturday to condemn South Africa's high rate of violence against women.

The march to parliament was led by the Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, Njongonkulu Ndugane, and other religious leaders who had hoped 10,000 men would join the march.

Archbishop Ndugane told the marchers that real men didn't rape.


We want to show that men do care. Real men don't rape, they don't abuse women

Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndugane
He had earlier urged all men to take a stand and act as role models for boys in the fight against violence against women.

Otherwise, said the archbishop, there was little hope of stopping the tide that threatens the stability of the nation.

South Africa has one of the world's highest rates of rape and other crimes against women.

Fighting abuse

The marchers were met at the gates of parliament by women who showered them with rose petals.

South African policeman
There is a moratorium on the reporting of crime
The men then handed the Welfare Minister, Zola Skweyiya, a document stating that all women were equal to men.

They said women and children were entitled to be safe and have their rights protected.

Mr Skweyiya said the government would use all its resources to combat abuse against women and children.

'Three rapes a minute'

The organisers of the march say that on average there are three rapes in South Africa every minute.

There are no definitive statistics for violence against women in South Africa.

The police have declared a moratorium on the reporting of crime.

But one non-governmental organisation estimates that violence against women plays a part in 20% of relationships.

Fifty-two thousand rapes are reported each year in South Africa, many of the victims are young girls.

Unreported cases would push the figure much higher.

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