‘All rapists should be profiled’

2014-06-04 00:00

KWAZULU-NATAL Premier Senzo Mchunu wants rapists profiled and their names available for the public to see.

He yesterday called on members of his executive council and all elected public representatives to take a stand against rape and all forms of sexual abuse against women and children.

He was speaking following the sentencing of Skhosiphi Shange (51) in the Empangeni Regional Court. Shange was handed a 20 year prison sentence for raping a 14-year-old teenager. Apparently, he had asked her to accompany him to the shop and while walking there, she was forced into a bush and raped.

Mchunu said government leaders at all levels are not vocal enough in fighting rape.

“And, to a large extent, elected leaders are not providing strong leadership when it comes to eradicating this problem from our society,” he said.

He described rape as “the worse form of exploitation of a human being” and said it should solicit an overwhelming rejection “from all of us as elected representatives of our people”.

He said he recently called on the department of social development to develop a plan to assist government to profile all rape cases in KZN. He said rapists should be profiled, and a list of rapists compiled and be made available “for all to see and scrutinise”.

He also wants rapists’ families to be visited to understand their upbringing.

“We cannot hope to solve this problem if we do not understand what goes into the mind of a rapist and what influences such a person to do such a barbaric thing.”

Mchunu said he wants mayors and councillors across KZN to be involved in the fight against rape and wants them to visit the families of rape victims.

“Elected representatives who were put into office by the people must stand up and show a public display of disapproval of this sheer brutality.

“In addition, leaders of society, including traditional and religious leaders, must emphasise human values of respect and caring for a fellow human being.

“Normal socialisation is about creating a human being capable of showing and sharing affection, warmth and friendship. It is such individuals who will create a caring and humane society that we desire,” said Mchunu. — Witness Reporter.

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