‘Increase in rapes’ after reed dances

2009-11-09 00:00

KZN Transport, Community Safety and Liaison MEC Willies Mchunu was informed about the increase in rape cases after every reed dance ceremony during a meeting with the Jozini SAPS cluster on Saturday.

This was revealed in a statement from the MEC. It said police management told Mchunu that maidens who failed their virginity tests cited rape, sexual assault or consensual sex — which become statutory rape due to their minor status.

“According to the police, not only do communities negotiate rape cases outside of the legal prescripts, but they also negotiate domestic violence matters. Police say these are also unacceptable[y] high,” said the statement.

Mchunu commended police management for admitting to the shortcomings and their intended solutions. He urged them not to involve themselves in party politics and to police without political bias.

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