By [email protected] (Alex Patrick)
Police minister Bheki Cele faces another foot-in-mouth saga, this time for his comments on the horrific rapes at a Krugersdorp mine dump on Thursday.
In conversation with eNCA anchors Thulasizwe Simelane and Sally Burdett on Friday, he gave details about the shocking attack, including that one woman had been raped by 10 men.
A clip of the interview has gone viral because the minister said one of the women “was lucky — if it is lucky” to be raped by just one man.
The context of the comment was that this woman was the only one who wasn’t gang-raped.
His words were: “One woman was raped by 10 different men. The other one by eight, the other one by six, the other one by four, [the other by] three. The one 19-year-old was lucky — if it is lucky — [to be] raped by one man.”
Despite qualifying the sentence with “if it is lucky”, the minister has received backlash for the comment.
On Twitter, Mudzuli Rakhivhane, spokesperson for the One SA Movement, tweeted a clip of the conversation, commenting “Is this how the police think about rape? That victims in SA are lucky when they’re only raped by one person? Is this the state of our nation?”