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DURBAN, April 29 — The scourge of rape in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal Province has prompted the Premier’s office to launch an anti-rape campaign to combat sex crimes against women and children.
KwaZulu-Natal Premier Senzo Mchunu, tabling his budget on Tuesday, said the anti-rape campaign would be led by the provincial and national first ladies, and the queens of Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini.
Among the recent cases reported in the province were the ones of a 76-year-old mother who was raped by her own son, and an 86-year-old nun who was raped and murdered.
Mchunu said the anti-rape campaign was aimed at changing community attitudes to violence against women. “We are happy that in both incidents the perpetrators have been arrested. But the problem is that after (the) arrests, we all forget.”
The Premier said the campaign was to profile these incidents against innocent women in the province, but at the same time assisting the victims.
“It will encourage activism in our province against rape before they actually happen (and). I must say we really despise rape,” added Mchunu.