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WC police detectives secure 97 convictions for crimes against women, children

The crimes include rape, sexual assault, child neglect, kidnapping and attempted murder.

Gavel. Picture: SAPS.

CAPE TOWN – Western Cape police detectives from the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Units have secured the convictions of 97 perpetrators who committed crimes against women and children.

These successes have been recorded since the start of this year.

Over the past few weeks, at least two young girls have been found raped and murdered in Cape Town.

Police say during January, February and March this year, detectives have recorded more than 700 years in prison sentences for criminals who have attacked women and children.

The crimes include rape, sexual assault, child neglect, kidnapping and attempted murder.

Police add, in addition, three life sentences were handed down to men from Philippi, Mitchells Plain and Khayelistha, who were each convicted on several rape charges.

The oldest perpetrator is a 62-year-old man from Wellington who was sentenced to 12 years for rape.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)