Castration May Not Be Such A Bad Idea

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Castrate the buggers, now!  

So goes the salvo from ANC presidential hopeful Lindiwe Sisulu. Ironically, she fires the shot at the tail end of yet another hot air-no action ANC policy conference. Of course, the call about making them balls and pimples compliant comes amid the dastard sexual violation and robbery of Flowers Of The Nation. Therefore, let the date 28 July 2022 forever be etched in memories. 

Because on that cursed day, eight young Malaika’s were out to eke out a living – right at the top of a mining dump in West Village, Krugersdorp. Alas! While strutting their stuff as part of a music video shoot, a group of armed men pounced. They commit a human rights violation similar to crimes against humanity acts of apartheid.

Briefly Historical Reminder

In 1952, musician and model Dolly Rathebe scale to the summit of a gold-mine dump – Crown Mines. She, bikini-clad, poses for photographer Jürgen Schadeberg in a Drum magazine photo shoot. But the peeping tom police spot and arrest them. Well, their crime is…, ‘Breaking the Immorality Act, which forbids intercourse between blacks and whites.’ 

From 1952 to 2022

Seventy years later, in a mining dump, young women get brutally violated while working for some income in a music video shoot. In fact, their kind of Zama-Zama is in the Arts, Showbiz and Culture space. Therefore, their hustle falls under the Department of Sport Arts and Culture’s Mzansi Golden Economy activities, right? 

Now…,

Did we, in the meantime, miss a statement from the minister, Nathi Mthethwa, of sports, arts and culture? You know, to register concern about the safety, well-being and working conditions of people in his constituency. Well, the Man And The Fedora Hat Show scooped Mthethwa. So, among other things, police minister Bheki Cele says one girl was lucky (shoo!) to get raped only once. But another got violated by ten beasts. Yes, beasts, not humans. 

To Sympathize With Fellow Humans

Under the preceding circumstances, there ought to be an understanding of where Sisulu and most women are coming from, right?  For fear of rape, countless women remain apprehensive. Then should, in the spirit of an eye-for-an-eye, rapists not live in fright of castration, among others. Yes, how about unsexing those bringing the good name of sex into disrepute. Especially those proven to be operating under the rule of the cock. As the cliche goes, enough is enough. A firm hand with a clenched fist must strike a decisive blow against rape. Perhaps, as a temporary measure, let the decommission begin…, Emasculate! The buggers!

The Plus and Minus of Castration

Side effects of chemical castration drugs include breast growth, depression and the risk of bones becoming brittle and fragile.

Some reports say temporary chemical castration does reduce sex drive. But this does not prevent sexual violence or aggressive behaviour. Sociologist Andrej König from Dortmund University says molesting a child and rape do not only depend on an erection. Even if someone cannot penetrate, they can still show aggressive and problematic behaviour. Well, the writer once witnessed the calming down, through an injection, of some nut case at a hospital. So, in addition, some rapist nut cases might deserve a double dose of the western silver bullets. 

No To Rape As a Weapon

Rape as a weapon bruises women and children in many ways. It is a vile act that emotionally castrate its victim. If castration is not good for rapists why is ok for rape victims? So, in the immediate, whatever means necessary must be explored to end sexual violence. A long-term solution is to have an ongoing sober conversation. One such could be what the writer calls Totolozi Dialogues. Enlightening boys and men on self-control is the purpose. In addition, the human conscience needs cultivation to levels above gender. Perhaps, then, we might put aside animosities towards one another.

Of course, some stand falsely accused of rape. So, in addition, how about anyone found to be falsifying rape serving a prison sentence?

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