Book of the month

June read: Rape; A South African nightmare

Hardcover: N/A (Exclusive Books), N/A (Takealot), N/A (Loot)

Paperback: R226 ( ExclusiveBooks), sold out ( Takealot), R204 (Loot)

eBook: N/A


Rape: A South African nightmare

Book summary:

Rape: A South African Nightmare unpacks South Africa’s various relationships to rape, connections between rape culture and the shock/disbelief syndrome that characterizes public responses to rape. (Goodreads)

Who is Pumla Dineo Gqola?

Pumla Dineo Gqola is Associate Professor in the Department of African Literature. She joined Wits in March 2007. Immediately prior to her tenure at Wits, Gqola had worked as Focus Area Leader: Academic OpenSpeak at the Meraka Institute, managed by the CSIR and Chief Research Specialist: Societies, Cultures and Identities Programme at the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC). Gqola was a Senior Lecturer at the University of the Free State’s Department of English and Classical Culture until August 2005. Prior to full-time employment, she had also workeAcademic Development Programme at UCT, the English Department at UCT and the Language Development Unit at the Cape Technikon. Gqola’s research foci are slave memory in the African world, Black Consciousness literature, and feminist literary studies, postcolonialism, post-apartheid public culture, African feminist sexualities. – (

Why we picked this book?

Violence is a social issue that we’ve been struggling with, even with initiatives like 16days of activism. Rape remains a global epidemic and still down played with ‘tips on how not to get raped”. Our generation is more outspoken about sex and that could possibly make it difficult to grasp the concept of rape. When I heard of ‘Rape: A South African nightmare’, I hope that reading it might shed much needed light with real incite on this troubling societal issue.

– Matete Phala