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More than 50 girls raped over the Easter weekend in Mpumalanga

The rape crisis in the country has reared in ugly head again - after more than 50 girls were raped during the easter weekend in Mpumalanga.

Officials says 22 people have been arrested for their connection with the crimes - with one of the suspects as young as 14 years old.

President Jacob Zuma spoke during a press briefing

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More than 50 rape cases have been reported over the Easter weekend at Mpumalanga. These cases were reported at the police stations across the province with Masoyi, near Hazyview, topping the list with six cases.

Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Thulani Ntobela says, "What perturbed us so much is the fact that some of the perpetrators are biological fathers who are alleged to have raped their own children. The other worrying factor is that some of the victims who are as young as 14-years-old, were accosted in the streets during the night. This is a clear indication that no matter how hard we try to warn these children not to linger on the streets during the night, our warning seem to be falling on deaf ears, hence 28 of these victims are minors."

In one of the cases, it appears that a father is alleged to have raped his biological daughter since she was six years old up until the age of 18 when she decided to break the silence.

Ntobela also sends a stern warning to family members who have a tendency of concealing sexual assault cases especially when committed by close relatives of the victims.

He says it is a criminal offence to do so and such people themselves are committing crime which is punishable by law. He warns that a case of accomplice to commit crime can be registered against such people.

Amongst the people who also fell victim, is a six-year-old boy who was sodomised by an unknown male in Calcutta. "This shows that some people within the society lack morals. Even though 22 suspects were apprehended in connection with the crimes, however what aggravates the point of lack of morals is the fact that some of the suspects are minors themselves,"says Ntobela.

Ntobela also warns liquor outlets owners to stop selling alcohol to under age children. "Another call is hereby directed to the liquor outlet owners to heed to the prescripts of the law by not selling liquor to under age children. Such conduct is not appreciable as it does orchestrate sexual assault cases, therefore be warned not to be found operating against the law," adds Ntobela.

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The rape crisis in the country has reared in ugly head again after more than 50 girls were raped during the easter weekend in Mpumalanga.

Officials says 22 people have been arrested for their connection with the crimes with one of the suspects as young as 14 years old.

President Jacob Zuma spoke during a press briefing

(Click for Audio)

 

 

Article Time: 
April 25, 2014 - 9:03am

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