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ANC commits to increasing protection for women & children

Last week, a woman was gang raped following a hijacking in Elsies River, Cape Town.

Minister of Human Settlements Lindiwe Sisulu addresses members of the media at the ANC national policy conference on 5 July 2017. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN/JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) has resolved to increase protection for women and children after a rise in crime against them.

Last week, a woman was gang raped following a hijacking in Elsies River, Cape Town. No suspects have been arrested yet.

In Ocean View, the body of 14-year-old Cameron Britz was discovered near her home on Sunday. The teenager was raped and strangled. One man has been arrested and will appear in court.

In May, a 22-year-old pregnant woman was kidnapped and gang raped. Eleven men were arrested and appeared in court.

A series of crimes against women and children in recent weeks have brought the issue into sharp focus.

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Lindiwe Sisulu, an ANC national executive committee member, presented the outcomes of the social transformation commission during the ANC’s policy conference and addressed the issue.

She says that the party is dealing with a number of issues and will prioritise crimes against women and children.

Sisulu has echoed the recent sentiments of Police Minister Fikile Mbalula, who called for stronger laws to protect them.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)