An enormous number of people are raped each day in South Africa. To make matters worse, many cases go unreported, so the number is far greater…

…but there is hope.

Mrs SA first princess and founder of The Red Wings Project, Olwethu Leshabane, has collaborated with India’s SafeCity to help reduce the high rape and sexual harassment rates in South Africa.

By bringing SafeCity to South Africa, through The Red Wings Project, Leshabane will crowdsource stories of sexual harassment and violence in public spaces. This data, which maybe anonymous, will then be aggregated as hot spots on a map, indicating trends. The idea is to make this data useful for individuals, local communities and local administration to identify factors that lead to violence and work on strategies for solutions.

“Many survivors are embarrassed, afraid or have lost faith in the policing service”

Leshabane says one of the many reasons that encouraged her to collaborate with SafeCity was that many survivors are embarrassed, afraid or have lost faith in the police service.

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“As a result, women don’t report cases and this data is not captured anywhere but the perpetrator gets bolder over time and we accept it as part of our daily routine”, she says.

According to Lebashane under reporting weakens the statistics.

“If there are poor official statistics, the problem is not visible and is not a true representation of the actual problem”, she adds.

It is true.

Contrary to the official statistics, the UN states that, in South Africa, a woman is raped every 26 seconds.