|South African MPs urge police chief to avail enough rape kits|
|Tuesday, 05 March 2013 00:00|
CAPE TOWN - South African MPs yesterday called on National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega to urgently address the shortage of DNA kits for rape cases as the country is fighting high incidences of
The high incidences of rape around the country make the situation untenable and we urge the Commissioner to resolve this,” said Annelize van Wyk, who is the acting chairperson of the parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Police.
The committee has also urged the police to make arrests in connection with the gang rape and murder of 28-year-old Thandiswa Qubuda.
Thandiswa Qubuda was gang-raped in January this year in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape and died as the result of injuries sustained during the gang rape on Thursday last week.
“It is because of the shortage of the rape kits that many perpetrators end up not being convicted of rape even though they are guilty and this has ripple effects on society as the rapists strike again.
She added: “The focus for the past years has been on detectives and forensic services.
South Africa faces a problem of growing abuse of women and children including violent attacks on defenseless women and girls. Over 64 000 cases of rape were reported to the police last year, according to official statistics availed.
South African President Jacob Zuma on Thursday launched the Stop Rape Campaign in schools as part of intensifying efforts to stop the scourge of rape in the country. He pledge that “no woman or child should be beaten, raped, stabbed, shot or attacked in any manner anywhere in our country, whether by known or unknown attackers”.
Zuma said the courts already deal harshly with perpetrators found guilty of violence.
A series of rapes, often coupled with murders, have gripped South Africa recently.
The following morning she was found, still alive, by a security guard who alerted the police and she was taken to hospital, but died later the same day. - Xinhua.