STOP THE BUS DAY THREE
It’s already 30deg. Celsius this morning the temperature is going to rise everyone is getting ready. Sun hats! check, water bottles! check, sun block cream! check. It’s off to Rawsonville police station to meet up with Sergeant Hurling Jordan from the crime prevention team. Sergeants Williams and Ferreira accompanied her to join the team to do door to door on the farms.
While waiting on the sergeants the team took the opportunity and gave out pamphlets to passersby and also dropped off some Rape crisis booklet at the police station.
The first farm Gabriere then it was Merwede. All the farm workers have return to work after the strike. The people who were at home received us well and invited us into their homes. They felt free to ask questions around rape and all types of abuse. The team also gave out pamphlets with the Rape Crisis contact numbers.
You would never had said that there was unrest in this area until the bus pulled off at the side of the road. Vineyards were set alight on Tuesday during the strike.
Then it was door to door in Da Nova an Informal Settlement in Rawsonville. People in this area claim that they have no rape, domestic violence and abuse, but while others say there is.This community was encouraged to report crime and to break the silence.
The team has to do an interview at slot at 12pm Valley fm Radio.The Topics were Myths, how to support a survivor. Shaamiela, Tuthu and Thobeke explained what the survivor has to go through if there is no support for her.This talk was done in Xhosa, Afrikaans and English.Listeners were encourage to support the survivors and not to protect the perpetrators. The team left for Zwelethemba a community just outside Worcester. The leader of this youth group a lady social worker named Thembeka, invited Rape Crisis. There were 27 youth, ages 14-20 years.The youth does outreach in this area and is involved in many projects. This group Zwakala Youth for Christ engaged in the talk ask questions and showed much interest. They wanted to know why survivors feel emotional at court, when are survivors ready to testify, can men be rape, when to disclose and when is it a gang rape, these are the type of questions the group asked.The two facilitators Evelynne and Tuthu answered all their questions and addressed all their concerns, they were also encouraged to network with other Organisations.
It’s 5pm the team is off to our accomadation to debrief and to pack for the next day.
Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust wishes to thank our donor Department of Social Development (DSD) that made Stop the Bus 2012 possible.