Church to partner with ANC

The Methodist Church of South Africa marched to raise awareness on rape cases on Sunday.

ANC branches in Soweto held a march and prayer session on 20 May 2012, to highlight the escalating rape cases in that community. Picture: Jacob Moshokoa/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Methodist Church of South Africa said on Sunday it will work closely with the African National Congress (ANC) and other organisations to create awareness around sexual crimes in the country.

Church members joined the ANC's Soweto branches on Sunday to hold a march and prayer session following several cases of rape reported in recent weeks.

Kektso Letlatso from the Methodist Church of South Africa said, they hope to one day reach out to communities beyond Soweto.

"We are planning to do other things and to involve other areas and go beyond Soweto to make sure we stop what is happening, especially the social ills," said Letlatso.

Residents from Braamfischerville and Dobsonville joined the march.

A 17-year-old girl was allegedly gang-raped by seven boys in March.

The incident was captured on cellphone video.

The video went viral on the Internet on 18 April and was one of the main topics trending on Twitter.

It sparked outrage internationally.

The seven, which includes two minors, were subsequently arrested.