Child rape and mur­der a WC scourge

The New Age (Gauteng) - - NEWS - TATENDA CHIRISERI news@the­newage.co.za

THE Western Cape ex­pe­ri­enced a shock­ing num­ber of sex­ual crimes in­volv­ing chil­dren which in­creased by 6% this year.

This has left fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties des­per­ate and afraid.

Lo­cal NGOs said the num­ber of child mur­ders in the prov­ince were sit­ting at more than 66 and ac­cord­ing to a study done last year, one in ev­ery three young South Africans had ex­pe­ri­enced some form of sex­ual abuse in their lives.

“This means that a to­tal of 784 967 young peo­ple have been ex­posed to sex­ual abuse by the age of 17,” as­so­ci­ate pro­fes­sor Lil­lian Artz, di­rec­tor of the gen­der, health and jus­tice re­search unit at the Univer­sity of Cape Town, said.

She said this num­ber was al­most the pop­u­la­tion of Port El­iz­a­beth and twice that of Bloem­fontein.

It was equiv­a­lent to fill­ing FNB Sta­dium in Jo­han­nes­burg eight times and the Cape Town sta­dium by 14 times.

The South African Po­lice Ser­vice re­leased the coun­try’s crime sta­tis­tics from April last year to March this year at the end of Oc­to­ber 2017 with at least 39 828 rapes recorded.

An av­er­age of 109.1 rapes were recorded each day.

The city of Cape Town had the high­est num­ber of miss­ing chil­dren, rapes and mur­ders.

A lo­cal res­i­dent, Joane Fred­er­icks has es­tab­lished a war room for the Mitchells Plain Cri­sis Fo­rum which co­or­di­nates searches for miss­ing chil­dren in Cape Town and has found about 50 miss­ing chil­dren, of which only two were re­cov­ered alive.

Fred­er­icks said the cri­sis fo­rum started when the com­mu­nity ran out of pa­tience af­ter the rape and mur­der of 11-year-old Stacha Arendse in Tafel­sig.

Stacha dis­ap­peared in Mitchells Plain on the af­ter­noon of March 27 this year and her body was found in the early hours of the next day at a sports field in the area.

Randy Tango, who lived not far from Stacha in Ma­troos­berg Street, was ar­rested for the grue­some crime.

He said in a plea agree­ment with the state that he had vagi­nal and anal “sex­ual in­ter­course” with the child.

When she asked him to stop and threat­ened to tell her mother, he said he was not go­ing to jail so he stran­gled her and threw her body in a dust­bin.

An­other case is that of three­year-old Court­ney Pi­eters in Elsies River who was al­legedly raped and mur­dered by her fa­ther’s best friend, Mor­timer Saun­ders.

Mean­while, the mur­der and rape charges have been with­drawn against two men who were ar­rested af­ter four-year-old Iyapha Yamile’s body was found in Khayelit­sha in Au­gust.

Yamile was last seen play­ing with a friend near her home be­fore her dis­ap­pear­ance.

Her par­ents re­ported her miss­ing af­ter search­ing the neigh­bour­ing homes.

Res­i­dents had driven around, call­ing her name through a loud­hailer and ask­ing for as­sis­tance from the com­mu­nity.

So many other vi­o­lent in­ci­dents in­volv­ing chil­dren oc­curred through­out the year and the most re­cent was a seven-year-old girl was raped in Mitchells Plain.

The sus­pect, a re­port­edly men­tally chal­lenged 52-year-old man was ar­rested for the crime.

The sus­pect ap­peared in the Mitchells Plain Mag­is­trate’s Court and was re­manded in cus­tody.

Al­though the of­fi­cial rea­sons for the ab­duc­tion, rape and mur­der of chil­dren are not known, it is be­lieved it could be linked to drug abuse.

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SHOCKER: Randy Tango said he killed Stacha Arendse, 11, and threw her body in a dust­bin.

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