MEC to help rape victims

Vuyolwethu Sangotsha

Vuyolwethu Sangotsha

Eastern Cape's MEC for social development, Toko Xasa, has visited the Orange Grove women raped by three gangsters at the weekend.

The gang stormed into their shack in the informal settlement on Friday after kicking open the door. They reportedly told the women that they would be raped because they had no money.

Three men - Musa Kogina, 18, Thembile Mondala, 18, and a 16-year-old - have been charged with the rapes and with robbery.

They appeared briefly in the East London magistrates' court on Monday.

The victims range in age from six to 66 years.

"We screamed for help but nobody came to our rescue, not even our neighbours," said one of the women with tears running down her cheeks.

"We tried to fight the thugs but they overpowered us and raped us."

Xasa promised to arrange that the adult victims be cared for at an old-age home and that the child be admitted to a place of safety.

She said her department would provide the family with food for three months, school uniforms and classroom materials.

The MEC described the rape as "an unfortunate and sad thing".

"We need to unite in fighting such incidents. They rob our people of their dignity," said Xasa.