Adopt zero tol­er­ance to rape


THE grotesque rape of a 6-year-old in Pre­to­ria has prompted se­ri­ous soul search­ing as this es­ca­lat­ing men­ace is per­va­sive in South Africa.

Vi­o­lent rape in our be­lea­guered coun­try can­not con­tinue with­out dras­tic con­se­quences for the per­pe­tra­tors. Rape oc­curs ev­ery 26 sec­onds in our land, shroud­ing us in shame, as we have one of the high­est rape rates in the world.

The lat­est in­ci­dent has left the coun­try in hor­ror-struck con­vul­sion. This ghastly deed has shocked the col­lec­tive con­science of so­ci­ety. Strong emo­tions of ret­ri­bu­tion are gath­er­ing mo­men­tum, be­cause the of­fence was com­mit­ted in an ex­tremely bru­tal, grotesque, di­a­bol­i­cal, re­volt­ing and das­tardly man­ner,

The grav­ity of this heinous crime de­picts hair-rais­ing, beastly and un­par­al­leled be­hav­iour.

This an­i­mal must be re­moved from so­ci­ety.

He de­picts ex­treme men­tal per­ver­sion not wor­thy of hu­man con­do­na­tion. Our courts and the crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem needs to in­stil faith in so­ci­ety by adopt­ing a zero-tol­er­ance pol­icy. In­ac­tion will have a grave im­pact on our so­cial or­der.

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