5 July 2013
Government is outraged and concerned at yet another report of rape - this time an 11-year-old girl was allegedly throttled, then stabbed and raped as her four-year-old brother looked on. Abuse and rape seems to have become a norm in our country and will not be tolerated.
Acting GCIS CEO, Phumla Williams said, “We strongly demand that justice is served not only in this case but to the epidemic of sexual violence”.
Government has put in place systems such as the Constitution, supporting legislation, policies and programmes aimed at fighting crime in our county. However, without communities actively working with government to combat the scourge of violence that threatens to destroy our communities, we will not win the fight against crimes directed at women and children.
Communities, NGOs, the business sector, faith-based organisations and traditional leaders need to join hands and work together to defend and protect the rights of all South Africans and in particular, women and children.
“We need to jointly take responsibility and action to ensure that we bring back the values of respect for human dignity, which is one of the bases of our democracy. As the country is uniting and praying for Madiba, let us also spare a thought and pray for a safer South Africa,” said Williams.
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Issued by: Government Communication and Information System (GCIS)