Learners from three schools  in Mmukubyane Village in Moretele, in the North West, have not been attending school for the past three days, after a 13-year-old learner was attacked and raped on her way home from school.

Parents accuse the provincial Department of Community Safety and Transport of not providing learners with scholar transport.

Learners have to walk more than seven kilometers through bushy areas to get to school.

The rape survivor’s mother says if the children had been provided with scholar transport, this incident would not have happened.

“Am very sad, and am very down because my daughter is 13 years old, that suspect broke her. Unfortunately at that school the principal did not raise the case of transport. Transport is supposed to be available on the 25 of January as schools open on the 27 of January, by that time when the incident happen, she was suppose to be in a bus coming back home,” she says.

Crime Stats show an increase in rape and murder in the last three months of 2020:

Fight against gender-based violence

Deputy Minister for Women, Youth and People with Disability, Hlengiwe Mkhize, says the rise in the number of reported rape cases in the country is a major concern.

Mkhize’s spokesperson Amanda Tshemese, says a lot still needs to be done in the fight against gender-based violence.

“With the announcement of the third quarter crime statistics by Minister Cele, it is very concerning the increase of 181 rape cases reported rape case. It is clear that a lot still needs to be done in fighting gender-based violence and femicide. We are also looking at cases such as sexual assault and murder aimed at women especially in the top four provinces; Gauteng, Western Cape, Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal,” says Tshemese.