Xingwana: SA needs religious guidance

The minister says society’s norms and values aren’t what they used to be.

Minister for Women, Children and People with Disabilities Lulu Xingwana. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - South Africa has lost its moral compass and needs leadership from religious figures to bring an end to violence, Minister for Women, Children and People with Disabilities Lulu Xingwana said on Friday.

She says society's norms and values aren't what they used to be, calling on men to lead dialogues in communities with young people.

The minister says this will help reinstate the value systems needed in the country to bring such violence to an end.

"We need role models - men that are going to lead these dialogues with boys to say to them, 'real men respect and love women.'"

Xingwana says she's deeply worried as these crimes are becoming more horrific.

"These are things that were unheard of before. It makes me sick, it makes me worried."

In the latest case to shock the nation, a 6-week-old baby in the Northern Cape was raped, allegedly by her uncle.

The minister lashed out at the 24-year-old man accused of the crime.

The man was arrested and appeared in court yesterday.

Xingwana has called for the harshest sentence to be imposed if he's found guilty.

She will visit several religious gatherings this weekend as part of the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign.