More attacks on women, children reported in CT

In the last 24 hours, a six-year-old Mitchells Plain girl was raped, allegedly by a 13-year-old boy. In Bishop Lavis, a woman and her daughter were shot.

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CAPE TOWN - There's been another string of attacks on women and children in Cape Town.

In the last 24 hours, a six-year-old Mitchells Plain girl was raped, allegedly by a 13-year-old boy.

In Bishop Lavis, a woman and her daughter were shot. The mother died.

NGO Soul City Institute for Justice says too many gender violence victims are subjected to secondary victimisation.

The organisation's Lebogang Ramafoko explains: “Our prevention efforts are dismal at best. So, in general as a country, gender-based violence is not a priority. We’re really not doing very well from a community level, to a criminal justice level and to the ability recognise violence.”

The organisation says the issue can't simply be left to awareness campaigns.

During the 16 days of activism campaign, gender violence persisted, proving the scourge is deep-rooted in South Africa.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)