Rape still rampant in France, says community leader

2011-09-09 00:00

A CONCERNED France community leader said yesterday that although the number of rape cases reported to police has declined, she is inundated with reports that rape is rampant in France.

“People are afraid to talk and to report these cases,” said the community leader.

The decrease in reported cases was confirmed by a Plessislaer police officer.

In crime statistics released yesterday, Plessislaer police station has the most reported rape cases in Pietermaritzburg, though the incidence has dropped from 435 last year to 368 cases this year.

Nationally rape statistics have increased.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said yesterday, “Police are not winning the war on rape. The number of reported cases still remains unacceptably high,”

In one case in France a young woman was brutally raped on March 15 in front of three young children and her friend, who were forced to watch.

A man who had been released from jail a mere 10 days earlier entered their home and threatened them her with a screwdriver.

The rapist was found guilty and sentenced to 69 years as he was linked to another rape on the day he was released from prison.

Another France resident, who declined to give her name, told The Witness that in May her neighbour’s nine-year-old child was raped, allegedly by her stepfather. Neighbours suspect that the child was regularly raped by the stepfather while the mother was away (she works as a live-in domestic). The child’s friends realised this when she refused to go home, saying the stepfather “touches her on her private parts”.

The Witness was also told that in February a 14-year-old girl from France was raped by two boys while walking home from Imbali 15. The girl was dragged intto the bushes next to the road.

She and her family are said to have moved from the area.

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