Police warn women to be vigilant

Police are urging women to be careful when walking in isolated areas with their children.

FILE: Limpopo police are appealing to parents to be extra vigilant and watch over their children to prevent further rapes and murders of minors.

JOHANNESBURG - Limpopo police are appealing to parents to be extra vigilant and watch over their children to prevent further rapes and murders of minors.

Officials have arrested more than 120 alleged rapists in the province during the 16 Days of No Violence Against Women and Children campaign earlier this month.

Police have taken 82 alleged rapists and an additional 42 wanted rape suspects into custody.

The police's Hangwani Mulaudzi is urging women to be careful when walking in isolated areas with their children.

"We're already in the festive season. I think people are already excited, but what we always say is that people, especially women, should avoid walking alone in secluded areas and they should refrain from hitch hiking and children must always be watched closely."

Limpopo police have detained a further 11 suspects for child neglect, with the youngest victim being a six-month-old baby.

Meanwhile, an organisation against child abuse in Cape Town says new underwear is an essential clothing item following rape incidents.

A group of Elsies River factory workers worked overtime to make and donate 1,000 undergarments for child rape victims.

The number of reported cases usually spikes at this time of year.

Anti-child abuse organization Matla A Bana's Monique Strydom says fresh underwear is placed in comfort packs that are given to victims at some police stations.

"They take their underclothing for DNA and they're left with nothing. So this sounds like nothing but to them it's something that will really make a difference when they go through that crisis period."