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Suspected rapist expected in court

The suspected rapist of a seven-year-old girl will appear in the George Magistrates Court today.

The suspected rapist of a seven-year-old girl will appear in the George Magistrates Court today.Picture: RSC Inc.

CAPE TOWN - A Southern Cape man arrested in connection with the rape of a seven-year-old girl is expected to appear in the George Magistrates Court today.

The suspect was arrested just hours after allegedly sexually assaulting the child last week.

This incident is one of more than 50 rape cases reported in the Western Cape since the launch of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign a week ago.

Provincial Social Development MEC Albert Fritz says alleged child rapists should remain behind bars for good.

"Our social workers will go out of their way to make sure that in their probation reports, they build a very strong case so that perpetrators will be given the harshest possible punishment."

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

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

She also said South Africa has lost its moral compass, adding that despite a drop in these crimes, the brutality in which women and children are being raped and killed is shocking.

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