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Shabangu devastated by spike in crimes against women

The bodies of four women were found in several parts of Joburg at the weekend, while 11 men have been arrested after a pregnant woman was raped on Monday.

FILE: Minister in the Presidency responsible for Women and Children Susan Shabangu. Picture: Regan Thaw/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – Minister for women in the Presidency Susan Shabangu says she is devastated by the increasing number of cases involving women being targeted.

The bodies of four women were found in several parts of Johannesburg at the weekend.

Two men have been arrested in connection with one of the murders.

And this comes with the news that 11 men have been charged with the rape of a 22-year-old pregnant woman.

She was attacked and gang raped while walking home from work in central Johannesburg early on Monday morning.

Shabangu says it is important that society addresses the mindset of men when it comes to how they see women.

“Our dialogues don’t take the shape of only women and girls, it takes the shape of both men and women for us to contribute and for them to also understand why men are behaving in this manner.”

She says it’s equally important that the men who are arrested for these crimes also go through a rehabilitation programme.

“When they get arrested, it must not be about them being there and coming back worse. We hope to see them having changed if by any means they come back into society. That’s the only way it can change.”

Shabangu says it's time society deals with certain stigmas around how women should be treated and create a mutual respect between men and women.

WATCH: Motholesville protest for protection against rape and crime

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)