Are drugs driving child rape in South Africa?

Child rights organisation Molo Songololo says that it is worried about an increase in child rapes linked to drug abuse in the Western Cape.

A 25-year-old man appeared in the Bellville Magistrate’s Court on charges of raping a 16-month-old baby from Blikkiesdorp in Delft.

The suspect is the boyfriend of the baby’s mother who was allegedly a tik addict.

The NGO Rape Crisis said tik was changing the nature of rapes in the Western Cape, adding there was a definite increase in the brutality of rapes over the last three years.

Anastacia Wiese was raped, left to bleed to death and stuffed in the ceiling of her home in Mitchell’s Plain in 2007.

Her attacker Richard Engelbreght was on tik and dating her mother.

Molo Songololo’s Patrick Solomons said people’s homes should be able to be investigated.

Solomons said it was a sad reality that children fell prey to people they were supposed to trust.

See: Lurking in the shadows – young children killed by their stepfather or their mother’s boyfriend


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