Press Releases

#ChildProtectionWeek2022: Now or never, SA must prevent and proactively act on statutory rape
Talya
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31 May, 2022

South Africa commemorates National Child Protection Week annually to raise awareness of the rights of children as articulated in the Constitution and Children’s Act. This week is about ensuring that the most vulnerable in our communities are taken care of mentally, physically, and emotionally and the prevention of any kind of violence (physical, emotional, and sexual) and the exploitation of children.

The wheels of justice turn slow for victims of gender-based violence and femicide
Karel
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25 May, 2022

In April, Namhla Mtwa was gunned down as she arrived home from work. The Eastern Cape South African Police Service (SAPS) confirmed that the multiple gunshot wounds to her upper body caused her death. Yet, a month later, her family has to resort to pleading on social media to get any action from the police.

The Gender Impact Of South Africa’s Pandemics
Karel
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08 Sep, 2021

23 000 pregnancies among 10-19-year-olds in Gauteng, 934 unattended cases of statutory rape, 1300 new cases of HIV in 10–19-year-old girls every week, is unacceptable.

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Government must protect the youth by implementing stricter alcohol regulations

Too many young lives have been lost and destroyed because of the failure to implement existing alcohol legislation and adopting new laws.

#ChildProtectionWeek2022: Now or never, SA must prevent and proactively act on statutory rape

South Africa commemorates National Child Protection Week annually to raise awareness of the rights of children as articulated in the Constitution and Children’s Act. This week is about ensuring that the most vulnerable in our communities are taken care of mentally, physically, and emotionally and the prevention of any kind of violence (physical, emotional, and sexual) and the exploitation of children.

The wheels of justice turn slow for victims of gender-based violence and femicide

In April, Namhla Mtwa was gunned down as she arrived home from work. The Eastern Cape South African Police Service (SAPS) confirmed that the multiple gunshot wounds to her upper body caused her death. Yet, a month later, her family has to resort to pleading on social media to get any action from the police.

Soul City Institute statement on why the Roe v. Wade overturned ruling could set a dangerous precedence.

The implications of overturning Roe v. Wade are grave as it could set a dangerous precedence when one of the most powerful countries in the world seeks to curtail the sexual and reproductive rights of women.

This Human Rights Day, Soul City Institute is calling for an integrated response when addressing the violation of girls and young women’s rights

Today we commemorate Human Rights Day to remind South Africans of the sacrifices that accompanied the struggle for the attainment of democracy in South Africa. However, today, South Africa is facing another struggle and we need to unite and address the violation of girls' and young women’s rights.

Soul City Institute welcomes SAHPRA approval of the HIV Prevention Ring

While this is yet another a great step towards HIV prevention, we should not forget the real culprit behind girls and young women’s increased risk to HIV infection – patriarchy.

Press Release: Ngcukaitobi and Gqamana judgement shows the extent of South Africa’s rape culture crisis

The Soul City Institute for Social Justice is appalled by the overturning by Acting Judge Tembeka Ngcukaitobi and Judge Nyameko Gqamana of the seven-year prison sentence originally handed down to Loyiso Coko for raping his partner.

The Gender Impact Of South Africa’s Pandemics

23 000 pregnancies among 10-19-year-olds in Gauteng, 934 unattended cases of statutory rape, 1300 new cases of HIV in 10–19-year-old girls every week, is unacceptable.

Teenage pregnancy is evidence that South Africa continues to fail girls and young women

934 girls aged 10-14 years old in South Africa gave birth between April 2020 and March 2021 in Gauteng.

Soul City Institute Speaks Out Against the Attempted Depowerment of Judge Sisi Khampepe by the Jacob Zuma Foundation

5 July 2021 - The Soul City Institute (SCI) notes with concern the attempted depowerment of Judge Sisi Khampepe by the former President Jacob Zuma’s Foundation.

The Soul City Institute extends its condolences to the family of Lufuno Mavhunga

The Soul City Institute extends its condolences to the family of Lufuno Mavhunga, the 15-year-old learner who allegedly committed suicide as a result of alleged bullying at school.

Open Letter: Concerns regarding the abuse of people especially women in churches

Open Letter from Phinah Kodisang to the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities Act (CRL) and the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE)