144 women raped daily in SA

A recent study shows that South Africa still has one of the highest rape cases in the world.

ANCWL marches against rape in the Western Cape on 21 February 2013. Picture: Chanel September/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Medical Research Council has found South Africa still has one of the highest incidents of rape in the world.

The past year has seen some of the most gruesome rapes which included children who were barely a year old and elderly people above the age of 70.

The most recent crime statistics show 144 women are raped every day in the country and that amounts to about six every hour.

In the most recent case in the North West, a youth allegedly raped his 10-year-old neighbour on Christmas Day.

The 19-year-old appeared in the Itsoseng Magistrates Court on Friday, where he was denied bail.

In November, a six-week-old baby girl in the Northern Cape was sexually assaulted allegedly by her uncle.

The little girl had to undergo several medical procedures following her ordeal.

In the Limpopo province, police have arrested more than 120 alleged rapists this month alone.