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Youth league condemns spate of rapes

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The ANC Youth League has expressed shock and condemnation following six incidents of rape that were reported in Colesberg over the weekend.

AS WOMEN and children are feeling increasingly vulnerable, given the spate of rapes and murders that have being taking place across the country, the ANC Youth League has expressed shock and condemnation following six incidents of rape that were reported in Colesberg over the weekend.

Two of the incidents involve young girls, one of whom sustained serious injuries.

Police spokesperson Captain Sergio Kock said that the police arrested an 18-year-old suspect yesterday afternoon in connection with the rape of an eight-year-old girl after they launched a manhunt in the Colesberg area.

Kock said that the incident took place in the Colesberg shanty town area on September 1.

He said that the girl sustained serious injuries and was currently receiving medical treatment at a hospital in Kimberley.

Kock stated that the suspect was known to the girl.

He added that the De Aar Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences unit was investigating the rape of an 11-year-old girl who was allegedly sexually assaulted by a 62-year-old man in Kuyasa, Colesberg on August 29.

“The suspect is known to the victim and was arrested on August 30. He appeared in the Colesberg Magistrate’s Court on Monday and remains in custody. The case was postponed until September 9.

“Anyone with information regarding these two rape cases can contact Detective Warrant Officer Vallery Booysen on 082 448 6225.”

ANC Youth League provincial secretary Xhanti Teki yesterday condemned the rapes that took place in Colesberg over the weekend.

“We condemn these heinous acts, children and women cannot live in fear because men cannot control their sexual desires. Enough is enough rapists have no place in our society,” said Teki.

He added that sexual offences against women and children required urgent attention.

“It is a national crisis. The rape and physical abuse of women has reached epidemic proportions, with women losing their lives at the hands of men on a daily basis. Society needs to stand together, to put a definite end to this.”