Child rape is inexplicable: Zuma

By Drum Digital
30 November 2013

President Jacob Zuma expressed shock at the recent sexual attacks on young children and babies.

President Jacob Zuma expressed shock  at the recent sexual attacks on young children and babies.

"It is inexplicable and devastating in the extreme," he said in a speech prepared for delivery at the launch of the Kalagadi Manganese company's Stanley Nkosi sinter mine.

"Something is seriously wrong, and it is good that society has not lost its sense of shock," he said.

A 6-week-old baby was raped in Galeshewe, Kimberley, on Tuesday, allegedly by a 24-year-old man believed to be her uncle.

On Monday, a 17-year-old teenage boy was arrested for the rape of a 4-year-old boy in Itsoseng near Lichtenburg, North West.

The teenager grabbed the boy while he was playing last Thursday and raped him in full view of his friends, Sergeant Kelebogile Moiloa said at the time.

He then dragged the child into a dilapidated community hall where he continued to rape him, Moiloa said.

The 17-year-old was also accused of raping a 72-year-old woman in Itsoseng in 2011.

Last Wednesday, a 10-year-old pupil from Mapetla, Soweto was raped by his 44-year-old teacher.

The pupil was staying after school as punishment for damaging a school textbook when he was raped by the teacher in a classroom.

"Such incidents must not make us numb. We need to continue raising awareness so that communities can expose perpetrators and eliminate these serious crimes," Zuma said.

He said the perpetrators belonged in jail and he urged communities to help the police.

- SAPA

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