Galeshewe rape 'inexplicable'

President Jacob Zuma has described the rape of a 6-week-old baby as devastating.

President Jacob Zuma. Picture:GCIS

CAPE TOWN - President Jacob Zuma has said he is appalled by the rape of a six-week-old baby in Galeshewe in the Northern Cape.

Zuma, who was speaking at the opening of a mine in the province on Friday, reflected on recently reported cases of child rape.

He said something is seriously wrong and described the incident as inexplicable and devastating in the extreme.

The president added; it is good society has not lost its sense of shock.

Meanwhile, Western Cape police hope harsh sentences handed down in various rape cases will deter such crimes.

Four convicted rapists have been sentenced in the province over the past few days.

One of the men will spend the rest of his life behind bars after he was found guilty of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl in Beaufort West in February this year.

The police's Malcolm Pojie says, "We want to urge and warn potential criminals to refrain from doing the same [rape/sexual assault] because we will hunt them down and we will bring them to book."