This sadly is not a unique story. In South Africa horrors like these are no longer shocking. In my article this week, South Africa’s Hell on Earth, I briefly described some of the big picture statistics about what South Africa has become.
South Africa has the most rapes per capita of anywhere in the world. 3,600 rapes happen in South Africa every day. 40% percent of South African women will be raped. In one survey, 1 in 4 men admitted to being rapists. 1 in 10 of those admitted to raping little girls. Children are believed to be the victims of 41% of the rapes in the country.
28% of the schoolgirls in one area were HIV positive and where 1 in 3 girls have been sexually assaulted before their 18th birthday. A third of pregnant women have been found to be HIV positive making it a curse that is being passed on to the next generation.
But this is the horrifying daily reality of it.
A seven-year-old girl has died in a Makhado hospital after she was raped and left for dead in a street, Limpopo police said on Sunday.
She died in the Elim Hospital on Saturday night, Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said in a statement.
Her grandmother had sent her to deliver keys to a man at his house in Hlanganani, near Malamulele. She failed to return. Two boys found her in the street, bleeding and unconscious.
“It was confirmed by the hospital that she was brutally raped. A post-mortem will be conducted soon to determine the cause of death.”
A 32-year-old man was arrested after a car chase with police. He will appear in the Hlanaganani District Court soon.
That same day brings numerous other cases like this one.
A farmer was killed and his wife assaulted on their farm outside Ventersdorp on Sunday morning, North West police said.
Two men confronted the 67-year-old farmer outside his house on the farm Sterkstroom shortly before 10am, Brigadier Thulani Ngubane said.
They hit him over the head and dragged him into the house. They found his 64-year-old wife and attacked her. It was believed that they also raped her.
Between these two poles, the abuse of African women and the murder of white farmers, you can find the entire post-Apartheid history of South Africa.