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ANC Women’s League calls for rapists to be castrated

TOUGHER PENALTIES: The ANC Women's League have called for convicted rapists to be castrated (Image: ANC Women's League)

THE ANC Women’s League has expressed its support for the castration of rapists.

The group, an arm of South Africa’s ruling party, has called on the public to back chemical castration for convicted rapists.

This response to the violent sexual assault is believed to have been prompted by the release of statistics that highlighted the high rate of rape in South Africa, and the start of a trial of a man accused of raping a seven-year-old girl.

The case has also sparked calls for tougher sentencing of rapists.

“The ANCWL is calling for public to discuss and lobby the Parliament to adopt laws that will allow chemical castration or any form of castration of convicted rapists,” a statement from the ANC Women’s League president Meokgo Matuba.

Matuba said: “South Africa is grappling with a staggering number of rape cases against women and children. The recent annual national crime statistics released by South African Police Services (SAPS) shows that reported cases of rape have increased from 39 828 in the 2016/2017 financial year to 40 035 cases in 2017/2018.”

Matuba said that something “harsh” needs to be done and that adopting a castration policy for convicted rapists might be the answer to reducing the high rate of rape in the country.

Statistics from a 2018 report on crime against women by Statistics South African revealed that in the year 2016/17, 250 out of every 100,000 women were victims of sexual offences. Of the sexual offences reported to the South African Police Service, 80 per cent were rape, and 138 out of 100,000 women were victims of rape, a figure which is among the highest in the world.

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