Crimes against children, women tackled

2011-10-14 13:28

Most of South Africa’s wanted criminals arrested since April this year committed crimes against women and children, police said today.

The arrests were carried out by a newly established police tracking team with paramilitary training.

“It has managed to arrest 247 of the most-wanted criminals since April this year, and 60% of those are perpetrators of crimes against women and children,” national police spokesperson Colonel Tummi Shai said.

“Enough is enough regarding the abuse and killings of women and children,” she said.

“The SAPS [tracking team] is making tireless efforts to ensure that the perpetrators of these crimes are brought to book.”

Crimes committed against women and children included human trafficking, rape, assault, domestic violence and murder.

Shai said parents must be vigilant around their children. “Some husbands, fathers, uncles and brothers have become psychopaths, schizophrenics, and monsters in their households.”

A string of crimes against women and children made headlines this week. On Wednesday, Florida High School pupil Louise de Waal was kidnapped in Roodepoort, on Joburg’s West Rand, before apparently being raped and killed.

Her body was set alight on a farm in Magaliesburg in the North West. A man who admitted to the crimes was expected to appear in the Krugersdorp Magistrates Court on Monday.

Also on Wednesday, a man dubbed the “Facebook rapist” pleaded guilty to raping two women and robbing them of their valuables. He used social media, including Facebook, to lure women by telling them international modelling scouts were interested in them.

On Tuesday, the body of missing eight-year-old Zikhona Qhayi was found in bushes in Khayelitsha outside Cape Town. On Monday, a 28-year-old man allegedly stabbed his seven-month-old stepdaughter to death with a broken beer bottle on the farm Uyskraal near Marble Hall in Limpopo. He was arrested and expected in court again in November.

On Sunday, a 16-year-old girl was kidnapped, allegedly by her father, and taken to a farm outside Grahamstown. He allegedly raped her. Police rescued her on Tuesday. Her father could not be found.

A three-year-old boy from Gugulethu was stabbed in the neck last Friday and his body stuffed into a suitcase in his room. A man appeared in the Athlone Magistrates Court in Cape Town on Monday in connection with his death

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