“What goes through your mind when you rape a young lady and murder her by feeding her chocolate laced with rat poison afterwards? Or you and two friends gang-rape a girl in your school’s hostel?
“There is something severely wrong with some in South Africa’s moral fibre,” said Ian Cameron, director of community safety at Action Society.
Cameron’s statement comes after 14-year-old Lindokuhle Makhotshi died in a Gauteng hospital this weekend after a 25-year-old male allegedly raped her and gave her poisoned chocolate.
In the Eastern Cape, three male learners in grade 12 raped a female grade 8 learner in the Maria Louw High School hostel. The Eastern Cape Department of Education confirmed and condemned the incident. In addition, the department provided support to the girl and her family.
While these horrific acts of gender-based violence occurred, the Limpopo police had to seize a SAPS vehicle allocated specifically for GBV in Alexandra, Gauteng. They found a drunken police sergeant asleep with a woman in the car. He took the trip to Limpopo without authorisation.
“Our children now not only have to live in fear of being raped on school premises or being ‘paid off’ with poisoned chocolate, but they can also not rest assured that the police officers assigned specifically to help them will be available or in a state to offer support,” says Cameron.
These incidents desperately highlight South Africa’s need for strict and swift punishment to address the isolated acts and deter others from committing the same crimes. We work tirelessly to hold the government accountable for failing to protect South African citizens and is involved in various cases of sexual abuse and GBVF through our Action Centres.
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