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Limpopo aims to clamp down on rapists

2013-02-12 19:54

Johannesburg - Rapists in Limpopo could face an additional charge of attempted murder if they tested positive for HIV, police spokesman Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said on Tuesday.

"We are actually enforcing the law. We want to because of the prevalence of rape. [Rapists] should face the full might of the law," he said.

Mulaudzi said since January, when someone was arrested for rape, an application for HIV testing was made to a magistrate, in accordance with the provision of the Sexual Offences Act, Act.

"The magistrate will give an order to proceed with the HIV test. That is very critical. We don't do anything haphazardly."

He said if the person tested positive, police would add an attempted murder charge to the docket.

Mulaudzi said he believed Limpopo was the only province to actively enforce the Act.

"The decision to do so came from provincial police commissioner, Lieutenant General Simon Mpembe.

"We are doing it because we feel it is critical to enforce this law," he said.

"We are fighting crime. There is an outcry in the country and it is also escalating in the province. It has to be dealt with."

This stricter enforcement of the Act comes as South Africans express their outrage following the rape and murder of Bredasdorp teenager Anene Booysen.

Booysen, 17, was gang-raped and disembowelled after visiting a club on Friday, 1 February.

She was found at the Asla construction site where she worked, not far from her RDP home, the next morning. She died later that day.

The two men charged with her rape and murder appeared in the Bredasdorp Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

The matter was postponed until 26 February.

Comments
  • Desilusionada - 2013-02-12 20:09

    So they admit that they were not strictly enforcing the law? They now want to clamp down? Why not just do the job they get paid to do? And just confirm this. Don't threaten, just do. They are not entitled to decide how the law must be enforced. That's for the courts to decide. Mind you this coming from a province that cannot deliver textbooks....

      squeegee.pilot - 2013-02-12 21:02

      They might as well just put a fence around the province...

      SouthAfrican1912 - 2013-02-12 22:05

      @Desilusionada me thinks you are brainless, if you can't see anything positive about their intiatives

  • markjack.deppe - 2013-02-12 20:26

    I cannot seem to bring my head around this one. Surely if a person is found guilty of a heinous crime as rape the full might of the law should already be applicable or is this 'learned police member' insinuating that the sentences imposed are not excessive enough. Should we add to this that the perpetrator was in fact HIV positive the medical practitioner who investigated the victim will surely establish whether the victim was affected and arrangements will then be made that she be given the necessary anti retrovirals. If it is in fact established that the rapist was HIV at the time of the incident why do we then still have to give him ante retrovirals while imprisoned the charge and sentence should exclude him being given medical aid in prison ensuring that he die for his deed [no callousness intended] Let's assume he wasn't aware of his status at the time the State will have a very difficult time proving that he had the intent to murder.

  • fuzile.matoto - 2013-02-12 20:41

    Please do so, any action now is of paramount importance please act and act now sir. Less talk please now.

  • marilyn.docherty.9 - 2013-02-12 20:54

    This is heading in the right direction - make sure suspected rapists are NOT LET OUT ON BAIL!!

      squeegee.pilot - 2013-02-12 21:04

      Marilyn, unfortunately it happens that innocent people are falsely accused and with the state of policing at the moment this would be a bad idea. I understand your sentiment but perhaps electronic monitoring would ensure that people turn up for court...

  • ian.robertreid - 2013-02-12 21:05

    Don't waste time testing these things just execute the Mother F~ckers!

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