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Call for sex offenders register to be made public after Kimberley girl, 7, raped

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Civil rights organisation has called for the National Register for Sex Offenders to be made public urgently.

File image. Picture: Tracey Adams/African News Agency (ANA)

THE CIVIL rights organisation, Action Society, has stated that the case of the seven-year-old girl allegedly raped by her 60-year-old stepfather and two male relatives in Kimberley, is proof that the National Register for Sex Offenders (NRSO) must be made public urgently.

According to police spokesperson Brigadier Mohale Ramatseba the horrifying abuse of the seven-year-old, which began in January this year, was uncovered last Friday. The young girl was allegedly brutally raped, while a medical examination indicated that she has been infected with sexually transmitted diseases. The three men have since been arrested.

“The South African government must make the NRSO available to the public to ensure transparency in our communities and for the safekeeping of our children,” Action Society spokesperson Daleen Gouws said on Tuesday.

The civil rights organisation launched its “Know your Neighbour” campaign during National Child Protection Week earlier this month, urging President Cyril Ramaphosa to publicly release the NRSO as soon as possible

“We need to know who the sexual predators are. One assumes that your loved ones are surrounded by people who are ‘safe’, but are they? Do we truly know our neighbours? Are there persons in our close community who are listed on the NRSO?”

Action Society has also called on members of the public to sign its petition (www.actionsociety.co.za/national-register) and to request the president to address this distressing issue as soon as possible.

It has also called for life sentences to be handed down to offenders found guilty of sex crimes against children. “If we can’t know who they are, then they should be in prison for life. We can’t have them in our society.”