No mercy for child abusers - govt

2012-06-20 21:18

Johannesburg - There should be no mercy for child abusers, the department for women, children and people with disabilities said on Wednesday.

It condemned the rape of a 5-year-old Limpopo girl, who was allegedly raped three times by different men on various occasions.

"We see this as a sign of serious deterioration of the moral fibre of our society," the department said in a statement.

It urged those who were entrusted with the care of children to remain vigilant at all times to ensure their safety was not compromised.

On Tuesday, the Democratic Alliance in Limpopo promised to help the girl and her family receive psychological counselling.

A man was expected to appear in the Mankweng Magistrate's Court on Wednesday for allegedly raping the girl in Mmamatsha village, Ga-Molepo, last Wednesday.

She was also apparently raped in December 2010, but the case was provisionally withdrawn pending DNA results and a social worker's report.

She was raped again in May this year, when 28-year-old man was arrested. He was to appear in court on June 26.

On Monday, the African National Congress in Limpopo described the case as troubling and "inhumane".

"We cannot continue to have these kinds of inhumane crimes being committed against children and women and any other victims of such violent, gruesome acts that strip victims of their dignity," said ANC provincial spokesperson Makonde Mathivha.

  • Phepishi - 2012-06-20 21:22

    At least thiis ancident made to remember ur dept is still existing, minister

      Boer - 2012-06-20 23:01

      Congratulations keep on fighting child abuse. Sooner or later a lot of others in goverment will also wake up about other crimes like murders and rapese, housebreakings that sort of thing..and car jackings. FIGHT CRIME POPLE FIGHT IT HARD.

  • anthonie.vanbosch - 2012-06-20 21:28

    The best way forward for this problem is to build a community. Many people are living selfishly with only greed and enrichment on their minds with no ubuntu and/or brotherhood as a priority. Money is not everything but friendship is. Sport is a good way of building these friendships and one can see it with the new generation of black and white children becoming friends at school. Hopefully amongst them somewhere is a new leader who will bring us all together under whatever system appreciating each other’s friendship and lead us towards patriotism for our beloved country and towards our fellow citizens and doing away with all types of abuse and discrimination. Please keep on working towards this goal and fight against ruthless individuals who are only out to exploit people (and children). They need to know those days are over. South Africa NEEDS YOU to stop them.

  • fawzia.bayat - 2012-06-20 21:37


  • mario.torrente.18 - 2012-06-20 21:45

    Hang them high.Like in the Western movies.It's been talk for the past 18 years.More seminars, adding on the calories,Yawn Yawn,wait for the next seminar on child abuse.

  • tumisang.kolobe - 2012-06-20 21:52

    Until such time we realize that we live in Africa and adopt African way of solving crime we will never win against crime, our neighbors have the lowest crime rates, in fact their criminals have made south Africa a crime heaven, criminals know for a fact that our prisons are three star hotels with three course meals supplemented with a fruit for dessert, In Zimbabwe there is no food in prison your family either brings you food of you starve, Botswana they kill you if you kill, here we are too liberal, transform the judiciary and bring back the Death penalty, introduce hard labor in prison, and those who work receives 2 meals, those who don’t only supper. Castrate the rapist.if you shoot a person with a gun the police immediately take a gun and if you are found guilty then your gun is permanently taken away from you, similary if you rape and are found guilty your manhood which you have used irresponsibly should be taken away permanently through castration.

  • Irene - 2012-06-20 21:53

    Oh well at least this incompetent has now surfaced. Suppose it took her a while to respond as she first had to lick the KFC grease off her fingers before 'applying her mind'.

  • makhosonke.maseko.5 - 2012-06-20 21:56

    A rapist gets best medical care, best education, free counseling

      Ian - 2012-06-20 22:25

      education, really now

  • cameronjohnprice - 2012-06-20 21:56

    There SHOULD be no mercy for child abusers - but we all know that they get away with murder and rape.... STOP re-offending.......Hang them.

  • Hermann - 2012-06-20 22:02

    As usual all mouth and no muscle.

  • Cassandra Eileen Olivier - 2012-06-20 22:21

    They deserve one thing only and that's death

  • Ian - 2012-06-20 22:24

    looking for votes

  • Bruce - 2012-06-20 22:26

    And the gang rapists of a retarded girl just got bail!

      lownabester - 2012-06-20 22:47

      Lets hope Township justice deal with them, Would be nice to see burning tyres around their necks.

  • SM1012 - 2012-06-20 22:35

    They can all talk, but my concern what does the Govt and the leading ruling ANC party for me, I have three Girls, any bastard(s) who dare to this so called inhumane stuff on them...I won't be SORRY. I know DEATH PENALTY won't give Justice or replacement of this horrible stuff in SA, but it's about time we save TAX payer money by sending them to eat, study and watch DSTV in JAIL...for about time this ruling GOVT do something.

      charnelle.bester - 2012-09-20 10:06

      Must have your hands full with 3 girls! I agree with you, if this had to happen to my children I will not allow such injustice done to my child in vain. Its just a pitty the state protects these demons.

  • lownabester - 2012-06-20 22:46

    Dont waste our money on jailing them, send them to Botswana or Texas and let them swing.

  • evan.veldsman - 2012-06-21 10:35

    Honestly, isn't it time we brought back the Death Penalty for Murderers and Rapists!! All we keep doing is Jailing them and then they get early releases, WTF!! Government needs to start taking charge or Communities should have their own Laws against these Crimes. There was a recent case in Texas where a Father beat a Man to death with his bare hands when he saw the Man Sexually Assaulting his 5yr old Daughter and the Jury found that it was Justified and the father wasn't charged!!

  • Erena - 2012-06-21 11:19

    Why give abusers of children BAIL it sends the ok message. Once sentences are harsh you will se a change

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