Plans are underway to set up a team of men from the South African Police Services, who would hunt down elderly men responsible for impregnating about 3 000 underage girls in the Ratlou village, North West province.
According to the African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL), the team would be required to nose-dive into a prompt investigation after it holds a meeting with the minister of police Nkosinathi Nhleko.
The league disclosed that some of the underage girls were forced into motherhood after they were raped, while others were seduced with drugs by far older men who had unprotected sex with them in Ratlou Village.
A 12-Year-Old Among Ratlou Village Impregnated Teen Girls
Speaking further in a statement, the league’s national spokesperson Mlondi Mkhize said:
“The African National Congress Youth League is saddened and shocked at the discovery of 3 000 under-age girls who were impregnated and now have children.
Some have had to drop out of school at the Ratlou municipality. These young girls have been forced into motherhood against their will; as they are clearly still minors with their entire lives ahead of them. Even more shocking is that; among these young girls; there is a 12-year-old who gave birth to a baby boy six months ago.”
Expressing sadness over the ugly development, the Democratic Alliance urged the North West MEC for social development, Fenny Gaolaolwe, to vehemently address the “deeply concerning” issue by coming up with concrete ideas on how to go after the perpetrators.
The opposition party also stated that it believes that “some of the girls have been the victims of the popular blesser-blessee phenomenon.”
Sexual relationship with children under the age of 16 in the country constitutes a statutory rape, because the law stipulates that children under 16 do not have the right to legally consent to sexual intercourse.
In June, president Zuma lambasted older men – popularly known as blessers – who go showering gifts and money on young South African women in exchange for sex. He called on all and sundry to protected every South African woman from the claw of blessers wandering around the country.