GAUTENG Community Safety MEC Faith Mazibuko and Agriculture, Rural and Social Development MEC Nandi Mayathula-Khoza are pleading with communities to report incidents of rape as a way of dealing with the scourge against women and girls.
This comes after a 14-year-old mute girl was raped, allegedly by three boys in Dobsonville, Soweto and three men allegedly raped a 20-year-old woman throughout the night in a house in Zondi, Soweto.
Police spokesman Kay Makhubela said the teenage schoolgirl had allegedly been raped inside the school premises on Thursday afternoon last week.
“The suspects are allegedly pupils at the same school that the victim attends,” he said, adding that the police are investigating a rape case.
In the Zondi rape case, which was reported on Friday morning at Jabulani police station, the young woman was allegedly abducted at Ikwezi train station while on her way back from school.
She told police she was raped all night by three men,” Makhubela said
No one has been arrested yet in either case
Mazibuko and Mayathula-Khoza have called on the police to act swiftly in the investigation and the arrest of the perpetrators.
Mazibuko also urged the courts to “deal harshly with anyone who commits these grave crimes with a view to sending a strong message that women’s rights are human rights”.
As many incidents go unreported, Mazibuko called on residents to assist in bringing down the scourge by reporting incidents to the police, a neighbour, teacher, pastor or any other person in the community.
“We need to begin to take any child as our own.
“Let us bring back the notion of Ubuntu,” said Mayathula-Khoza.