South Africa Anger after Girl ‘Raped’ In Restaurant
South Africans have expressed outrage following the alleged rape of a seven-year-old girl in a restaurant toilet.
A 20-year-old man allegedly followed her into the women’s restroom before snatching her and raping her in the men’s section, police said.
The suspect was arrested at the scene and charged with rape and possessing drugs. He has been remanded in custody and has not yet been asked to plead.
South Africa has one of the highest incidences of rape in the world.
The police recorded 40,035 rapes in the 12 months leading to 31 March, an average of 110 each day, the fact-checking organisation Africa Check says.
This is a slight increase on the previous year, which saw 39,828 recorded rapes.
‘Fake doctor rapes new mother’
The girl’s alleged rape is one of two cases of sexual abuse currently making headlines in South Africa.
In the second incident, a fake doctor allegedly raped a 17-year-old girl at a hospital in Eastern Cape province hours after giving birth‚ police spokesman Captain Dineo Koena said.
“On Tuesday‚ a man came posing as a doctor. He asked her how she was doing following the birthing experience,” he added.
“She complained of heavy bleeding and he said he would check up on her. He then ordered her to undress and then he raped her‚” Capt Koena said.
South Africans have been expressing their views on Twitter on how to tackle the crisis:
The justice system is South Africa is too lenient towards inhuman crimes. Rape, Trafficking, child abuse and murders should be taken with greater punishment
— E V E L Y N (@EvelynLobelo) September 26, 2018
South Africa has become a living horror movie. Abuse, rape and murder has become a thing of a trending culture. It is painful, it is horrific and it is a terrible atmosphere for new and forthcoming generations to be born into. SA is a dangerous place to raise a female child in. https://t.co/dBfPTH6pWn
— Tlotlo Boom (@Tlotlo_Boom) September 26, 2018