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WC to tackle rape and domestic abuse

Several people including a police officer have been arrested for allegedly raping minors.

ANCWL marches against rape in the Western Cape on 21 February 2013. Picture: Chanel September/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape police and various government departments say they are very concerned about the high prevalence of domestic violence and rape in the province.

The Justice Crime Prevention and Security (JPCS) cluster, which includes the South African Police Service (SAPS), Justice Ministry among others, has identified 16 areas in the Cape where these crimes happen most.

On Tuesday, the JCPS unveiled its plan for the upcoming women's month where it will be hosting several workshops and events in high risk areas.

The Justice Department's Hisham Mohamed says, "These 16 areas have now been targeted in the form of various programmes ranging from public information to workshops around domestic violence in particular."

Meanwhile, a Paarl officer is currently out on bail after he was arrested in connection with the rape of a 14-year-old girl. The officer allegedly raped the teenager several times. Anthony Gouws was granted R1,500 bail last week.

Earlier this month, an off-duty police constable was caught red handed by his colleagues while raping a 13 year old girl in Johannesburg.

In another incident this year, four girls were rescued from a suspected sex ring. It is believed the girls were sexually abused over a period of time at a property in Richwood, where they were exposed to pornography and prostitution.

In December, five people were arrested for pimping a 13-year-old Atlantis girl for sex. It's alleged the girl's mother and her stepfather charged customers R20.

South Africa has one of the highest number of reported rape cases in the world. According to statistics, a person is raped every four minutes.