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MEC condemns rape of city girl

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Nontobeko Vilakazi said shared spaces in which residents find themselves during the lockdown must be safe, especially for women and children.

THE SHARED spaces in which residents find themselves during the Covid-19 lockdown must be safe, especially for women and children.

These were the sentiments of the Northern Cape MEC for Transport, Safety and Liaison, Nontobeko Vilakazi, who condemned the rape of a 14-year-old girl in Kimberley.

It is alleged that the girl was raped by a 46-year-old man on April 25, 2020.

“The circumstances surrounding the incident point to a gross violation of the rights and person of a minor. We must commend the police for their swift action in apprehending the suspect and urge the Kimberley Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences unit to proceed with dedicated care to ensure we secure a strong case,” said Vilakazi on Sunday.

“Child abuse and rape has no place in our society, especially during this time when we are faced with fighting the Covid-19 virus.”

Vilakazi urged community members to report any form of abuse to the authorities.

“No man, it does not matter who he is in society, has the right to force himself upon a child. Any and all incidents must be reported by calling 0800 150 150,” she said.