Is rape escalating in South Africa? Is it safe for our daughters, sisters, wives and mothers to go out alone?
This follows two horrific rape cases that took place this past week. Rapists choosing public areas, no longer hiding in the shadows of society.
In the first incident, a six-year-old girl was raped at a Dros establishment in Silverton, Pretoria, on September 22. Her innocence snatched away in an instant.
According to reports, the girl had been playing in the children’s area. It is speculated, the perpetrator had been watching her the entire time. When she went to the toilet, he followed. Closing her mouth, the man forced the child out of the women’s bathroom and took her into the men’s restroom. It is here that he raped her.
During this time, the child’s mother went to the play area and asked the child-minder where her daughter was. She was told her child went to the bathroom.
However, when she went to the women’s restroom, her child was not there. It was then that she heard noises coming from the men’s toilet. She tried to open the door, but it would not budge. After making a commotion, the man opened the door. Both he and the child were naked. The little girl bleeding from the groin.
Following this incident, a 17-year-old girl was raped at a Mthatha hospital in the Eastern Cape on September 25. Mere hours after giving birth.
Mthatha police spokesperson, Dineo Koena, explains the man entered the maternity ward, posing as a doctor. He allegedly asked the teenager how she was feeling, as part of a post-natal check-up.
When the girl complained of heavy bleeding, he requested that she undress so he could do a check-up. He then raped her in the ward before leaving.
Despite the fact that the suspects are now in police custody, their actions are an extreme cause for concern.
The recent SAPS crime statistics show a staggering 40 035 rape cases reported in the 2017/2018 financial year. This means an average of 110 rapes are recorded daily in South Africa.
How do we protect the women of our society? Do you feel the Justice Department needs to hand out harsher punishments to sex offenders? How can we as a society and community as a whole take steps to protect our families from sex offenders?
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