Xingwana wants harsher sentences for rapists

Women and Children's Minister Lulu Xingwana wants justice for all rape victims.

Women and Children's Minister Lulu Xingwana wants justice for all the rape victims.

CAPE TOWN - Women and Children's Minister Lulu Xingwana says government alone cannot deal with the scourge of rape.

The gang-rape and murder of Anene Booysen has sent shockwaves across the country.

The 17-year-old was lured away from a pub on Saturday and taken to a construction site where she was repeatedly raped and then mutilated. Two people have been arrested in connection with the gruesome attack.

One of suspects is appearing in the Bredasdorp Magistrates Court later.

Xingwana has called for stiff sentences to be meted out.

"It's important that we ensure the sentences we pass serve as a warning to every rapist out there that rape is not acceptable."

Booysen was able to identify one of her attackers before she died in hospital.

Her adoptive cousin Pauline Harmse says she knew the man well.

"He was more like a family friend to us because we knew him very well."

Meanwhile, President Jacob Zuma, parliamentarians, ANC Women's League, non-governmental organisations have added their voices to the chorus of condemnation over the incident.

Government says it is concerning that rape and abuse seems to have become a norm in the country.

The ANC Women's League is calling for a national commission of inquiry into the rape crisis in order to develop a strategy to deal with the problem.

In January, a 16-year-old girl was raped and mutilated in Kraaifontein.

A 47-year-old man is behind bars in connection with the crime.

According to statistics, a woman is raped every four minutes in South Africa.

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