MEC: Let's step up efforts against rape

WC Community Safety MEC Dan Plato says more can be done to ensure that women are protected.

Bredasdorp residents outraged after Anene Booysen's brutal rape and murder. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Community Safety MEC Dan Plato on Saturday said he feared rape and murder have become a culture in the province.

Plato was addressing mourners at Bredasdorp teenager Anene Booysen's funeral service.

The 17-year-old was gang raped, mutilated and left for dead.

She later died in hospital, but managed to identify her attackers.

Plato said there were several widely publicised cases in the last two months.

He said incidents like these were of grave concern.

"No community and government can allow things like these to happen to women. Women are meant to be protected and not raped.

"I think we need to step up our efforts in a more dramatic manner."

Meanwhile in Limpopo, police launched a massive manhunt for a man who allegedly raped his three-year-old niece in Gamothapo in Mankweng.

It is understood the girl was left with her uncle when her mother went to work on Friday morning.

The little girl managed to tell her mother what happened and the matter was reported to the police.

Police spokesperson Moses Molepo said, "Anyone with information should contact the police. Our investigation still continues."

In Soweto, a trainee pastor who was arrested for allegedly raping a woman at his church on Friday was fired.

The Universal Church of the Kingdom of God says it will support the police's investigation and hopes justice will be served.

It says the church will offer no protection for abusers.

The man is due to appear in the Protea Magistrate's Court on Monday.