In the past couple of weeks, we have seen horrendous cases of child abuse and rape circulate in the media. These include the rape of a 9-year-old girl by a 17-year-old boy in Blikkiesdorp; a child rape game reported in the Daily Voice called “treintjie” targeting young boys; and the rape and murder of 4-year-old Iyapha Yamile from Khayelitsha.
I commend the South African Police Service for the arrests they have made thus far and call on communities to support them to build solid cases and bring the perpetrators of these crimes to book.
Any families whose children have been sexually abused or raped must immediately report such incidents to the police. The police will then report the matter to the Department of Social Development (DSD), after which we will deploy our social workers.
Family members and victims of abuse can also call the DSD hotline on 0800 220 250 for support.