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Rape: A South African Nightmare by Pumla Dineo Gqola – Why SA is Losing the Battle Against Rape

RapeMF Books is proud to present Rape: A South African Nightmare by Pumla Dineo Gqola:

Why has South Africa been labelled the “world’s rape capital”? What don’t we as South Africans understand about rape?

In Rape: A South African Nightmare, Gqola unpacks the complex relationship South Africa has with rape by paying attention to the patterns and trends of rape, asking what we can learn from famous cases and why South Africa is losing the battle against rape.

This highly readable book leaps off the dusty book shelves of academia by asking penetrating questions and examining the shock belief syndrome that characterises public responses to rape, the female fear factory, boy rape, the rape of Black lesbians and violent masculinities.

The book interrogates the high profile rape trials of Jacob Zuma, Bob Hewitt, Makhaya Ntini and Baby Tshepang as well as the feminist responses to the Anene Booysen case.

In Rape: A South African Nightmare Gqola has penned an analytically rigorous feast for the mind that will inform, shock and illuminate on a subject that every South African should read.

About the Author

Pumla Dineo Gqola is the author of What is Slavery to Me? Postcolonial/Slave memory in Post-apartheid South Africa (published by Wits Press in 2010), A Renegade Called Simphiwe (published by MFBooks Joburg in 2013) and editor of Regarding Winnie: Feminism, race and nation in global representations of Winnie Madikizela Mandela (forthcoming with Cassava Republic Press). She has written non-fiction and opinion pieces for Pambazuka, Mail & Guardian, The Weekender and City Press as well as the British publications BBC Focus on Africa, SABLE and Drum (UK) and short stories in literary journals and books published in South Africa, the USA and the UK. Pumla holds MA degrees from the universities of Cape Town and Warwick, UK and a PhD from the Ludwig Maximillian University of Munich, Germany. She is associate professor of African literary and gender studies at the University of the Witwatersrand.

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