Spate of attacks against vulnerable proves police is not curbing crime

  • A missing four-year-old girl was found murdered in the Western Cape’s Paarl this afternoon.
  • The case against a man who raped a 17-year-old girl from Kimberley while he pretended to be a doctor was postponed to the end of October.
  • This past week, a 36-year-old woman was burnt alive by her ex-boyfriend in Tembisa, Gauteng. Her son is fighting for his life in ICU.
  • A 17-year-old from Mpumalanga raped his aunt repeatedly and was released with only a warning today.
  • An eight-year-old boy from Siqalo in the Cape Flats was found dead with his hands and feet tied up after he was kidnapped over the weekend.

“It is bad, and it just never ends,” said Ian Cameron, director of community safety at Action Society. “Whatever the government and police think and announces they are doing to curb crime and hold the guilty accountable in this country is not working.”

Between April and June 2022, almost 6 500 people lost their lives to murder – 243 of them children. The police investigated attempted murder dockets for over 1 400 women and children. In addition, over 11 000 assault GBH cases with female victims were opened with the police and 1 670 cases involved children. The country recorded more than 9 500 rape cases, but only 286 rapists were convicted.

“We thought the previous quarter was the most brutal of the past twenty years, but looking at the past week and month, it seems this current quarter will be worse,” said Cameron. “We have to work together to bring about a change to protect the vulnerable members in our community – women, children, the elderly. We cannot depend on the government or the police.”

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