Gender-based violence is accelerating in South Africa as numbers of brutally murdered women and children are on the rise, simultaneously sexual offenses directed to women and children are increasing. Mpumalanga alone has reported 3 cases of rape in less than a week.
A 35-year-old man was arrested in charges of rape, it is alleged that the man raped his 1 year-8-month-old, biological daughter in KaBokweni outside Nelspruit. A case of rape was opened and the suspect is appearing in court today.
In another case, a 36-year-old man was arrested for allegedly raping his 13-year-old stepdaughter in Schoemandal Nkomazi. Clinical examination showed that she was raped, this is after the girl complained about pains she was then taken to a medical facility. The suspect is appearing in court today.
Two Mozambican nationals are on the run after alleged gang-raping a 2-year old girl in her home, who were tenants in the same yard. They fled the area of Mashishin-Lydenburg after the child was taken to the doctor for medical attention. Medical reports revealed that the girl was penetrated from the virginal opening and anal opening. Police are appealing to the public that anyone who has information on the whereabouts of the 2 suspects to contact the SAPS Crime Stop number 086-00-10111.
Mpumalanga provincial commissioner Luitenant-General Mondli Zuma has vowed that the perpetrators will face the full might of the Law, and has also urged community members to stand against the continuous abuse directed to women and children.