Desiree van der Walt MPL
DA Limpopo Legislature Caucus Leader
The DA will ask Limpopo Police Commissioner Thabete Mpembe to release rape statistics for the province’s 95 police stations as the rape crisis in the region becomes more apparent. This follows research published by the City Press today showing that at least 5 850 women and children were likely to have been raped in Limpopo since January.
The DA is concerned that many horrific cases of sexual violence are yet to lead to arrests by Limpopo police. Several cases that the DA has been involved in monitoring have revealed a disappointing level of police investigation. No convictions have been secured since the brutal murder and rape of three children in Mookgophong in August last year. The little girl had apparently been raped before being stoned to death. Girls at Sebitjha High School have also been subjected to a number of rape incidents due to the long distances they need to walk to school. No arrests have since been made and the DA has since donated hundreds of whistles to the schoolgirls to assist in alerting the community when there is danger.
Those who rape in Limpopo are being sent the message by police that you can get away with sexual violence in this province. Proposals to make the police more accountable to the safety needs of communities in Limpopo are currently being developed by the DA and will be released in the near future.