N West police condemn spate of rapes

2012-05-13 20:23

Johannesburg - North West police on Sunday condemned a spate of rapes that have taken place in the province over the last eight days.

"It has now reached shocking propensity where suspects victimise their very own defenceless minors who look up to them for protection," Brigadier Thulane Ngubane said.

Nine rapes were reported to police between May 5 and May 12.

In Bloemhof, a 7-year-old girl was allegedly raped by her uncle on Saturday after her mother sent her to him on an errand. Police are still looking for the man.

On May 5, a mother from Boitekong left her two youngest children in the care of their 18-year-old brother. He allegedly raped the youngest, aged two.

"However, the brother denied this, while the 2-year-old victim was in tears as the other kid explained to the mother," said Ngubane.

The other rapes reported saw a woman being raped an gun point and two young women in their early twenties dragged from their home and raped in nearby bushes.

A 14-year-old girl was kidnapped from her home and raped, a woman was raped by a robber who took her cellphone and a 6-year-old girl was raped while on her way home from creche, Ngubane said.

"Those who perpetuate these discreditable acts will receive the full might of the law," he said.