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#OPW – Open Letter to Broadcasting Complaints Commission on South Africa (BCCSA) #16ofActivism

Dear Broadcasting Complaints Commision SA.
Rape culture is so normalised and in a country like ours with the type of statistics around rape and gender based violence it is highly disturbing what we were shown on Mzansi Magic last night.
Perverts and self confessed paedophiles get rewarded with a tv show on the  channel and nobody in the production saw nothing wrong with the narrative.
Last night’s episode of “Our perfect wedding” on Channel  161 has shown a couple that met when she was a 14yrs old child and he was 28yrs old.
He proclaimed and very proudly that he used to “TARGET” school kids 3 to 4 daily for sex and even had a schedule on how to fit them in.
He explains how he waited for the after school rush.
I’m absolutely floored and horrified that no body in the production of this episode saw anything wrong.
Normalising these relationships and airing them on a platform as entertainment only benefits abusers and perpetrators of gender based violence.
This show is watched by more than 1 million viewers and in this audience are black children and women who are being abused and we have now ridiculed their abuse and are normalising it to further perpetuate rape culture.
There are paedophiles who now identify with the man profiled and have now been rewarded with a rubber stamp of approval for that behaviour.
It is now #16ofActivism against gender based violence and we are meant to be standing up for women and children who are abused. How is this episode in anyway assisting with this? How is this empowering to black women and children to stand up for what is right?  When we air shows that use content of rape and rape culture as entertainment  we spit on the face of the law and people who are abused.
The viewers need an explanation and the way forward on how this gross misjudgement will be redressed and a commitment to the victims that this will not happen again.
Regards,
Dr Tlaleng Mofokeng




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