Not in front of child, mom begs rapist
Jana van der Merwe, Volksblad
Bloemfontein - A Free State nurse who dedicated her life to helping victims of rape and violence, became the victim of rape and violence herself in her own home on Wednesday night.
She was overpowered and raped by an intruder, while her mother and child were with her in the house.
Police spokesperson Captain Rulene Kühn said the man attacked the 40-year-old nurse in her bedroom, where her young child was also sleeping. He said he was going to rape her.
The woman pleaded with him not to do it in the bedroom. She was then raped in another room.
'Barbaric and cowardly crime'
Free State health department spokesperson Jabu Mbalula on Thursday expressed his shock on behalf of the department. He called it a barbaric and cowardly crime on a valuable member of the health department.
“It is with great shock that we learn of the tragic incident, especially as it was committed against very valuable member of the community. Our official is someone who tirelessly serves her community.
“The department will do everything in its power to support her and her family in this difficult time.”
Janine Rowley of the organisation Women against Rape (WAR) also condemned the incident.
Rowley said a woman was raped every 9 to 23 seconds in South Africa.
“I pray that they will arrest the rapist. It is too bad that our legal system is much too lenient regarding rapists and sometimes they are back on the street after two months. Government has to deal with these criminals.”