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<firstname.lastname@example.org> Suzanne Leclerc-Madlala has published regularly on this topic which formed part of her PhD research project (her outstanding thesis is unfortunately not yet published). She has excellent recent articles in the _Mail&Guardian_ and in the _Sunday Tribune_ (published in Durban). Also an article in the journal _Medical Anthropology_ a couple of years ago. What is striking about the recent spate of horrific rapes of infants is the extent of denial of the obvious motives for the acts. The general line coming from politicians, the media and academics is one of spluttering incomprehension and vague references to the violent history of apartheid. The only exceptions that I am aware of are Leclerc-Madlala (who has long warned of the danger that the widespread notion that intercourse with a virgin will cure venereal disease will lead to an upsurge in the rape of children) and Nelson Mandela who recently commented in public that this rumour must be squashed in order to address the problem. Unfortunately Thabo Mbeki's stance on HIV and AIDS has led us into a situation where rumour and superstition about the disease are bound to be rife.