Hostel: rape is a ‘political weapon’

“They are using rape as a weapon of political violence and we are terrified of going to bed,” Ja-bulile Shandu, 43, said. Speaking at a media Imbizo organised by the IFP at the hostel, Shandu, who has been living at the hostel since 2001, said women who belonged to rival political parties were targeted. “Most of these thugs work closely with people managing the hostel. They even have spare keys to our rooms and if they know you belong to another party they just open the door and rape you in front of your husband and kids,” she said.