Christianity could help to stop rape

Cyril Ramaphosa says Christianity may raise SA's moral compass and motivate people to end abuse and rape.

Deputy ANC president says Christianity may raise the moral compass of SA, motivating them to stop rape. Picture: SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - As brutal incidents of rape continue to be reported, African National Congress (ANC) Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said there is no better agent than the church to raise South Africa's moral consciousness.

Speaking at the Pentecostal Holiness Church in the North-West on Saturday, Ramaphosa told the congregation that Christians need to be at the forefront of preventing the abuse of women.

His call follows the launch of the 'Stop Rape' campaign launched by President Jacob Zuma and Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga on Thursday.

During the event at a Mitchells Plain school the president announced that the sexual-offences courts would be re-opened.

ANC spokesperson Keith Khoza said the ruling party is committed to the fight against abuse.

"It needs to be exposed whenever it happens and communities must take a stand and isolate those who are behind these rapes. They should ensure that report these matters to the police."

Meanwhile, a 29-year-old Limpopo man, who has been on the run for at least two weeks following the rape of a two year old girl, has finally been arrested.

The man, who is said to be a close friend of the little girl's father, was arrested in Johannesburg on Saturday night.

The police's Hangwani Mulaudzi said the man will appear in the Naphuno Magistrate's Court in Maake on Monday.

"We managed to corner him in Johannesburg and we're happy to say he is being transported back to Limpopo."

Statistics say that a woman is raped every four minutes in South Africa.