This video by Sonke Gender Justice, Just Detention International – SA and NICRO, shows the horror of rape in South Africa’s prison system, which often happens with the collusion of corrupt officials. The story of Francois (not his real name), is one such example.
Francois was violently raped twice in an Eastern Cape correctional centre, once at knife-point, and another on Valentine’s Day. He reported the rapes to the warders, but never received counselling or support. In despair, Francois attempted suicide. After being released, he sued the Department of Correctional Services, and after 10 years he accepted a settlement offer based on the promise that they would take action to stop inmates from being raped. When nothing changed, Francois decided to tell his story. Francois encourages other survivors to seek help and says “I know I can make it because I’m a survivor”.