Child rape crisis concerns E Cape cops

2012-02-09 11:55

East London - Sexual violence against young children and older people was becoming more frequent in the Eastern Cape, according to provincial police spokesperson Brigadier Marinda Mills.

"We are concerned," said Mills in a report in the Daily Dispatch on Thursday. "The problem is not the lack of policing, but a social-moral issue."

Mills said alcohol often contributed to rape as it made people more lax concerning their safety and surroundings.

The publication reported that the province was reeling from a spate of rapes on children at the weekend.

Police and communities reported four rape cases to the Daily Dispatch involving seven victims, six of them children aged between 7 months and 15 years.

According to the SA Police Service’s latest crime statistics, 9 380 sexual offences were reported in the province between April 2010 and March 2011.

While there were more sexual offences in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal, the ratio of sexual offences to the population was second highest in the Eastern Cape at 139.1 per 100 000 people.

  • jade.bulley - 2012-02-09 12:13

    What a joke... Really? It is concerning? Damn right its concerning you chops. True, it may not just be lack of policing but a huge lack in convictions. Social-moral issue? Passing the buck as usual

      Frank - 2012-02-09 12:29

      I agree that "concerning" is the understatement of the year, it is horrendous and despicable. I don't quite agree with JadeRae though, convictions may help but the lack of convictions are not the cause. The cause is the complete breakdown and lack of morals within society, usually attributable to the lack of parenting, education and respectable leaders.

  • Rudolph - 2012-02-09 12:20

    really?? Does this concern you?? 4f5akes, are you retarded cops? I came to work on my bike. It may rain. This concerns me. This is a fckn mess!

      Klipkop - 2012-02-09 12:47

      well said! Plus I dont think it is just an Eastern Cape thing, the entire SA should be "concerned"

  • Lumko Ntshinka - 2012-02-09 12:21

    Everything is in crisis around here

  • Snoopsy - 2012-02-09 12:22

    Only in the EC?? I think it is a nation wide problem. The Governments punishment for these criminals are too lenient. They are not scared to face the music anymore. Any murdered / rapist should get the death penalty without fail. A person engaging in criminal activity, immediately forfeits their right to Human Rights. A person doing these things aren't HUMAN.

  • Koos - 2012-02-09 12:24

    mmm... and it is only concerning them now???? seriously??? wtf dudes???

  • Lynn - 2012-02-09 12:26

    The solution is simple. Hang all the rapists and murderers!!!!

  • Hennie - 2012-02-09 12:31

    called lack of education.....

      Nkulekweni - 2012-02-09 12:51

      lack of morals more like...when we voted in a president that "allegedly" raped someone and was "allegedly" corrupt what were we thinking. Did not this send out the message that raping and stealing of tax payers' money is okay. Hell, the more you rape and steal the more you can be some sort of leader...even president. The fish, my dear police people, rots from the head.

  • Danielle - 2012-02-09 12:36

    This is so terrible!

  • Samantha - 2012-02-09 12:48

    7 months old :(- i really hope you put something in your speech about stopping this pres!!!!!!!!!

  • lindz.kok - 2012-02-09 12:51

    hang them all then it wont be long and s.a. wont heve the ancyl problym any more either as almost all its supporters will be swinging from theyre necks.

      FlowingRivers - 2012-02-09 12:58

      Maybe someone should hang u !!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Steve - 2012-02-09 12:51

    what happened to ubuntu and the family unit alchohol is the nations problem !! come on zapiro send us a great cartoon with our countries top dogs and alchohol

      Gerhard - 2012-02-09 13:00

      Steve, although there is some truth in your statement, not everyone who drinks goes around raping, murdering, beating their wives and children and committing crimes. Why take away some people's pleasure because a select few turn into animals after a couple of drinks?

  • Steve - 2012-02-09 12:52

    alchohol is the challenge -where is the leadership mr president !!

  • Suzanne - 2012-02-09 13:02

    How do you sleep after raping a 7month old baby? It breaks my heart just thinking about it...

  • Neville - 2012-02-09 13:14

    In all honisty. It is only animals that react like this.

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