Rape Crisis Western Cape supporters were almost barred from yesterday's public proceedings of public protectors interviews.
Parliament security tried to remove three Rape Crisis activists from the public gallery, as they were apparently concerned that the activists might stage a protest and embarrass the institution.
Jeanne Bodenstein, the Advocacy Coordinator for Rape Crisis says they were wearing purple anti-rape T-shirts which are from a campaign they launched on Tuesday.
We were there to observe and about 5 minutes later the security came to ask us to leave— Jeanne Bodenstein, the Advocacy Coordinator for Rape Crisis
We asked them why, because we were there as members of the public, and he couldn't provide us with a reason why we should leave. The secretary was called and we went back inside and continued watching the proceedings. It was a bad experience...— Jeanne Bodenstein, the Advocacy Coordinator for Rape Crisis
Bodenstein says she doesn't understand the treatment they received after so much effort was put into making the interviews a public process. Upon arrival, Bodensteinsays says pictures of their T-shirts were taken by the security personnel.
They were broadcasting it live and inviting the public, and that's why we made use of our constitutional right to go and observe ... I was quite shocked, i didn't expect that at all.— Jeanne Bodenstein, the Advocacy Coordinator for Rape Crisis
Listen to the full conversation below: