THERE’S something particularly disturbing about the video of the bloodied young man who raped the 6-year old at a Dros restaurant recently. It’s chilling, sickening, to a point of moving one to tears because the first thought is: If he has that amount of blood on himself, what of the little girl?
Media reports say it is an allegation. It can’t be an allegation with all that blood on his body and that seen by witnesses on the child. And so let’s cut out the nonsense and be factual about rape and its brutality.
And indeed reports from staff at the restaurant paint a harrowing picture of how Nicholas Ninow tried to flush down the toilet, his and the child’s bloodied clothes after raping her. As an adult, a mother and woman who at one point in time in their life has experienced the indignity of being groped or sexually harassed – all you want to do is absorb that child’s pain.
Women live with rape and we have been sanitised to its horror. Many women raped or sexually assaulted simply close that chapter behind them in order to move on, and stories such as this rape of the 6-year-old open that heavy door on rape and expose the sheer brute male force that accompanies the act.
She’s only 6 years old. It is in a public space. Video cameras taken at the restaurant show he had been stalking her. The fact that he didn’t only stop at rape but still put-up a fight thereafter and insulted staff who discovered the rape, speaks volumes of the arrogance bestowed on him by a system that tells men they can get and take what they want anytime they wish.
White rapists double protected
Ninow is white and his crime was not only protected by a patriarchal system but a white media which thought his identity should be protected. Any crime should never be racialised but there’s sadly a campaign in this country to portray crime as Black.
In explaining why it didnt publish his identity, The Citizen wrote the quote below which was the explanation carried by most publication. The point is this law has not always been applied, the identities of many rape accused have been disclosed before they had appeared in court.
“The Citizen has opted not to name the alleged rapist. Although his identity has been made public by various news agencies and social media platforms, we have been advised to omit his name.
The legal reasoning behind this is that the suspect has not yet pleaded to the charges against him, according to Section 154 (2B) of the Criminal Procedure Act, which reads:
(b) No person shall at any stage before the appearance of an accused in a court upon any charge referred to in section 153(3) or at any stage after such appearance but before the accused has pleaded to the charge, publish in any manner whatever any information relating to the charge in question”.
How the media carried the story.
A few weeks later, newspapers identified Zwelinzima Vavi in an sexual harassment claim and there are others who were identified before him.