Concern over increase in rapes

2011-10-31 07:19

Johannesburg - The gang rape and assault of a 17-year-old girl in Taung is one of an increasing number of rapes in the North West, the provincial human settlements department said on Monday.

"MEC Desbo Mohono is concerned about an increase in rape incidents as 3 586 rapes cases were reported in the province during the 2010/2011 financial year," spokesperson Lesiba Moses Kgwele said.

He said the cluster under which Taung fell had seen a 10% increase in rapes in the past year.

Mohono condemned the act and called on the community to assist in police investigations.

A girl was walking in Magogong Village in Taung on Friday afternoon when she was approached by a 21-year-old male acquaintance, Sergeant Kelebogile Moiloa said.

The acquaintance and five other men pointed a knife at her before raping her repeatedly.

Moiloa said one of the men allegedly went behind her back and cut her throat with a knife. He also tied her hands behind her back and to a tree.

The acquaintance was arrested on Saturday. He will appear in the Taung Magistrate's Court later on Monday.

No other arrests had been made.

  • Robbie - 2011-10-31 07:47

    Everybody always says bring back the death penalty when we read news like this,I really really wish they would,but that would never happen as long as the ANC is in power as they would hanged most of there voters.

      mariska.lesch - 2011-10-31 08:51

      They can NOT bring back the death penalty as long as our justice system is not working fine either. They need to sort out our judicial system first before they can bring back the death penalty.

  • thitos - 2011-10-31 08:01

    A woman is raped in South Africa every 17 seconds. This does not include the child rape victims. A study by Interpol estimated that one in every two SA women would be raped. Of South African men who knew somebody who had been raped, 16 percent believed that the rape survivor had enjoyed the experience and had asked for it.

      Alistair - 2011-10-31 10:18

      You're sick man... :( Rape is a crime. It is degrading, offensive and wicked. I do not believe that anybody would ask to be raped, let alone enjoy it.

  • matete.k.seshwene - 2011-10-31 08:38

    Our justice system is too soft on these bastards.

  • Warwick - 2011-10-31 09:10

    For statiscal purposes why dont you start publishing the race of all atackers and victims. This will give us a clear picture as to what communities this affects and where police recourses need to be put in place to help prevent these crimes.

  • nicole.panzer - 2011-10-31 09:38

    This really is so disgusting... what are we as South African's doing about this .... what is our nation & our government doing about this... more and more children are being abused from the ages of 13months to teenagers to older ... I want to hear what our government is doing about this !!!!!!!!!!! What punishment can we dish out to make sure these culprits don't get to commit these crimes again and allow those who are wanting to commit these crimes to think twice as their punishment would be so harsh that it would force them to STOP this act of crime!!!!!

      Alistair - 2011-10-31 10:29

      @ nicole.panzer What I would like to suggest is to incorporporate parts of "Sharia" law into the judicial system. (Not that this would happen) Maybe after one or two of these sick individuals who rape are aptly punished, then the rest would think twice.

  • Kennedy - 2011-10-31 13:00

    Just imagine this what we discussed a lot of it in the Culture of Rape in Kitale! Remember it? the government of kenya currently is possibly responding positively towards the problem. Men of this type "Rape" are getting what they wanted went go raping. Some have received life imprisonment. That is it. the document is now a real rememdy against barbarity of rape,

  • siyanyezi - 2011-11-01 04:28

    I responded to Ian (first comment).WHY was my comment deleted? there was nothing obscene about it. It didnt offend any1. Who deletes comments here? On what basis? Do they support a particular view?

  • Thandeka - 2011-11-01 18:58

    And after commenting on this story and feeling angry,hurt and sorry for this child all people will go back to their normal lives and forget this ever happened until another similar one comes up *SAD*

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