KZN MEC shocked by rape

By Drum Digital
14 August 2013

KwaZulu-Natal social development MEC Weziwe Thusi expressed shock on Wednesday at the rape of two women in Groutville near KwaDukuza.

Thusi said it was shocking that incidents such as this happened as the country celebrated women's month.

"These attacks undermine our efforts to raise awareness about women's rights and human rights in general," she said in a statement.

In the early hours of Monday, a 72-year-old man was shot dead while his daughter and granddaughter were raped.

The man was apparently trying to help the women when he was killed.

Thusi urged police to leave no stone unturned to ensure the perpetrators were arrested and jailed.

Social workers were sent to the family to help with trauma counselling.

The MEC also welcomed the arrest of five men accused of killing an 81-year-old man in Bulwer, in southern KwaZulu-Natal.

The man was found murdered and locked in the boot of his car at the weekend.

"[These arrests] show that police are serious about ending attacks on the elderly. We hope these arrests will send a message to would-be robbers that they have no place in our society," she said.

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