Rhythm City sheds light on sexual abuse
The storyline aims to empower individuals and communities to combat Sexual and Gender-based Violence. It is estimated that over 40% of women in South Africa may be raped in their lifetime while only 1 in 4 rapes is reported to the authorities.
The storyline starts on 10 August when Emmanuel (Nkosiphendule Cengani), who is desperate to find a new job, meets Vega (Mbasa Msongelo), who offers him a job – robbing people.
We quickly learn that this is not a good friendship when things start spiralling out of control. Emmanuel also introduces his crush, Palesa (Hloni Padi) to Vega. This introduction starts a web of complexities that ultimately leads to Palesa being raped by Vega and his friends in the episode which will be broadcasted on 24 August. The story continues to follow Palesa, Emmanuel and the rest of the community, as they navigate the rocky path of sexual violence; from sadness, anger and confusion to help, hope and healing.
e.tv’s GM for local content, Ziyanda Mngomezulu says “It is the channel’s local content responsibility to ensure that the shows we present to our audiences are entertaining, yet conscious of the realities of the ordinary people we speak to. In order for the characters on our shows to come across as authentic, we ensure that they have struggles and victories so that our audiences can see themselves on screen. With storylines such as these, we intend to activate citizens to act, speak out and put an end to abuse in our societies.”
Alongside the on-air storyline and other programming, we will also run an online campaign, where we encourage people to get involved in the conversation on social media using the hashtag #StopRapeNow.