Mokonyane condemns rape scourge

Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane says men need to be active in the fight against rape.

Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane speaks at the opening of Legislature, 20/02/13. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane on Monday used her State of the Province address to urge the nation to play an active role in helping authorities combat the abuse of women and children.

Mokonyane said the Pistorius murder case and the rape and mutilation of Bredasdorp teenager Anene Booysen gave the country bad publicity it did not deserve.

Paralympian Oscar Pistorius is out on a R1 million bail after he was arrested for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day.

Pistorius maintains it was never his intention to shoot Steenkamp as he thought there was a robber in his home.

She also highlighted the fact that police managed to reduce the crime rate and called on communities to work with them.

Mokonyane said the abuse of women and children in the country had reached unacceptably high levels.

She said the recent incidents of abuse showed that women were being abused across racial lines and despite their standing in society.

"Abuse occurs in different circumstances even in conditions of opulence just as the one of Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp."

She also lauded the police in their efforts in reducing violent crimes in the province.

She said statistics showed a decline in crime.

"Serious crime has decreased by 8.1 percent."

She called on the men in the province to play an active role in fighting crime against women and children.

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

Last week, the ANC Women's League and non-governmental organisations marched to the Western Cape legislature to highlight the scourge of rape.

They called on government to ensure that perpetrators were not given bail.

The league also called on South African men to join the fight against rape.