"the current case against Mr. Zuma is forcing South Africa to confront key elements of a culture of rape so pervasive that, on average, one woman is raped in this country every 26 seconds, according to People Opposing Women Abuse, a women's group here. It's one of the highest rape rates in the world."
One of the darkest books I've read recently is Bitter Fruit, a South African novel by Achmat Dangor. It centers on the rape of the main female character by a white policeman during apartheid. The incident continues to haunt her in the post apartheid era and eventually leads to the disintegration of the whole family. Rape in the book, in light of the statistics about rape now and the use of rape during apartheid, is certainly more than a metaphor for the violence of the past era.