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Sun Mar 29 18:06:27 SAST 2015

Arrests and convictions first: iLIVE

iLIVE | 14 February, 2013 00:20

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It seems that the police are confessing their inability to fight crime ("HIV tests for rapists", yesterday).

What they are now going to focus on is the spread of HIV.

This will be duplicating what the Health Department is already doing.

HIV is sometimes the end result of a sexual offence, not the offence in itself.

What the police need to do in the fight against HIV is to ensure that the victim of a sexual offence has access to prophylaxis without delay.

It will not help the victim to have to wait for the perpetrator to be arrested, after a few days, in order to know his HIV status.

I agree with Professor Leslie London that the police must use the time and other resources at their disposal to prevent rape.

Testing of rapists is quite a process. - Nomampondomise Ngcozela, by e-mail

RAPISTS can be tested for HIV, get the death penalty or have their genitals removed, but not much will change unless the 6% conviction rate rises to, at the very least, 60%.

There are many reasons why rape has become such a huge problem in South Africa.

I believe the two main reasons are the lack of values and morals among too many people and unemployment.

The more time parents spend in pubs and shebeens, the more their children are neglected. Until the number of jobs created exceeds our population growth we are heading for bad times. - Wilby, by e-mail

IF THE resources to arrange special courts to try rape cases were so easy to assemble, why was this not done years ago?

Too much Nklandla, not enough social responsibility? - Adele, by e-mail


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