Serial rapist to appear in court

Police have arrested a serial rapist in Limpopo, putting an end to 10 years of fear.

Cartoonist 'Jerm' sends out a powerful message about rape.

JOHANNESBURG - A Limpopo serial rapist who has been terrorising the community of Mahwelereng for 10 years is expected to appear in the Mokopane Magistrate's Court tomorrow.

Police arrested the 42-year-old suspect who allegedly raped 12 women and murdered 3 between 2002 and 2012

The police's Hangwani Mulaudzi says after a lengthy investigation they managed to link the suspect through DNA.

"We dealt with the forensic division, the details thereof will only be revealed in court, it was a strenuous exercise. We will continue with our investigation as there might be others that have been affected as well."

The country has been grappling with its shocking rape statistics with government calling for countrywide campaigns against women and child abuse.

In a recent case a seven-year-old boy and a four-month-old baby girl were raped in a vineyard in Ceres. The perpetrator was living with the family at the time.

Cape Town councilor Melanie Arendse said on Saturday that while parents teach their children not to talk to strangers, the perpetrators are often known to the children and the family.

She stressed the importance of educating parents on how best to protect their children.

A spate of attacks against women and children has caused a nationwide outcry for government to deal with the gruesome attacks.

COURTS STEP UP

The Women's Legal Centre (WLC) has welcomed the reintroduction of specialised sexual offences courts.

Justice Minister Jeff Radebe announced in Pretoria on Tuesday that the specialised courts will be reinstituted across the country.

Twenty-two of these courts will be set up nationally this year and a further 35 will be introduced over the next three years.

Radebe said that R20 million has been allocated for the project.

It is hoped this will help streamline criminal cases of a sexual nature.

The WLC's Sanja Bornman stressed the importance of being aware of the Child Justice Act.

"When it comes to children as perpetrators of sexual offences, we have to make very sure that we conduct these cases in accordance with the requirements of the Child Justice Act."