GANG RAPE: A study in inner-city Johannesburg

  • Lisa Vetten Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation
  • Sadiyya Haffejee Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation
Keywords: crime, gangs, gang rape, rape, Johannesburg, South Africa, violence


A study of gang rape cases reported to police in inner-city Johannesburg in 1999 – although fairly dated – provides new insights into a disturbing pheno menon. The most striking thing about these rapes is their predatory nature. Typically, groups of men either lie in wait for their victims, or actively drive around looking for someone to abduct. The attacks are also brazen and violent: women are confronted in public spaces, and the use of force increases with the number of perpetrators involved in the rape.

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