Xingwana lashes out at rapists

The Women, Children’s minister says the fight to stop violence won’t be won while drugs rule society.

Minister for Women and Children Lulu Xingwana attended a prayer march in Diepsloot on 11 November 2013 in solidarity with the families of children who have died in a spate of murders and rapes in the community over the past few months. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Minister for Women, Children and People with Disabilities Lulu Xingwana says the fight to stop violence against women and children will never be obtained if drug abuse continues to control society.

The minister has lashed out at rape perpetrators, saying they deserve the harshest sentences.

Xingwana says the country has lost its moral compass.

She says despite a drop in these crimes, the brutality in which women and children are being raped and killed is shocking.

The minister says society has forgotten one of the most important norms and values.

"In most of the cases you'll find that the perpetrator was under the influence of liquor or is a drug addict."

Xingwana will attend a Hindu faith ceremony in Erasmia today as part of government's efforts to strengthen the relationship with religious groups to fight such violence.

In the latest incident a 24-year-old man was arrested for allegedly raping a six-week-old baby in Kimberley.