ANC calls on men to fight rape

The ANC has called on all South African men to unite and fight the rape scourge.

The ANC has called on all South African men to unite and fight the rape scourge.

JOHANNESBURG - Amid tough talk against the abuse of women and children in the country, the scourge continues unabated - with the ANC calling for action from all men in the country.

Earlier in February, the gang-rape and murder of Bredasdorp teenager Anene Booysens caused a national outcry and saw various campaigns aimed at raising awareness.

However, since then numerous rapes involving children and the elderly have been reported.

This week alone an eight-year-old girl, who had gone missing, was found dead in Garankuwa while in the Eastern Cape an elderly woman in her 90s was raped.

In the North West, a 23-year-old woman is recovering in hospital after she was gang raped by 15 men.

The ANC has reiterated President Jacob Zuma's call for harsh sentences to be imposed and its women's league agrees.

ANC Women's League spokesperson Troy Martens says, "There is something incredibly wrong with society if it can allow this type of behaviour to be prevalent."

Meanwhile, the case against a constable accused of rape in the Mossel Bay Magistrates Court has been postponed to next week.

The officer allegedly raped a woman, who was trying to report a domestic violence case, in Herbertsdale.

The woman claims that when she went to a satellite police station last week, the police officer on duty locked the front door, took her by force to the trauma room and raped her.

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