Government not doing enough to fight crime

Yet another murder of a small child, this time Annestacia Wiese from Mitchell's Plein, has left South Africans wondering, again, about where we went wrong as a society that people can do such things to other human beings. But it raises even more questions about what the government is not doing.

Yet another murder of a small child, this time Annestacia Wiese from Mitchell's Plein, has left South Africans wondering, again, about where we went wrong as a society that people can do such things to other human beings. But it raises even more questions about what the government is not doing.

In two questions asked in 2005, the DA established that an average of two children a day are raped by known sex offenders. Of the offenders, a surprising 150 had been convicted of rape more than once.

In the face of these numbers, one has to ask questions about the effectiveness of rehabilitation programmes and the appropriateness of parole decisions.

The Department of Correctional Services was able to supply the DA with only the rudimentary information about rehabilitation, and could give no specific information about the programmes that sexual offenders had been exposed to. It is clear that no effort is made to rehabilitate sexual offenders.

Moreover, there has been complete silence from the government about proposals we made which would make it easy to spread information about lost children.

We have proposed partnerships between the SAPS and cellphone companies to get messages in moments about the name, appearance, clothes and last sighting of any child reported missing.

Mike Waters, DA spokesman on child abuse, Cape Town

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