'West Rand rape cases too high'

Police are planning a special operation to curb gender violence on the West Rand.

FILE PICTURE: The Slutwalk in Johannesburg, 25 August 2012 against rape and women abuse. Picture: Facebook.com/Slutwalk.

JOHANNESBURG - Johannesburg police on Monday said they were planning a crackdown on gender violence on the West Rand, where the number of rape cases is disturbingly high.

The Department of Community Safety launched the Gauteng campaign in Khutsong on Sunday.

The police's Thapelo Mosikidi said the next 16 days will see a special operation to curb gender violence being carried out on the West Rand.

She said their main concern is the number of cases being withdrawn over the weekend by women who report domestic abuse.

"They will be in the company of the perpetrators when withdrawing the charges."

The Fochville area has recorded the highest number of rape cases.

Police said this was disturbing because the area is small.

On Sunday, Women, Children, and People with Disabilities Minister Lulu Xingwana launched the start of the 16 Days of No Violence Against Women and Children Campaign in Atteridgeville.

The campaign ends on 10 December.