South African Government Condemns Rape of British Women by an Alleged Gang of South African Rapists

Tshwane - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has noted with outrage the reported rape of three British women allegedly by three South Africans. In this regard, the Department of Foreign Affairs will liaise with British law enforcement agencies to verify the nationality of the three suspects.

If indeed the three suspects are South African, their hideous crime will only have helped dent the positive image of our country abroad. Accordingly, if the suspects have fled to South Africa as reported, our law enforcement agencies will spare neither strength nor effort in assisting British authorities to bring them to justice.

Coming in the wake of our own national celebrations of Women's day, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is of the view that violence against women, both at home and abroad, is deplorable and perpetrators of such dastardly acts should be brought to face the full might of the law.

Equally, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, condemns without equivocation the attack of a South African over the weekend for merely showing support for the national rugby team, the Springboks. Acts of xenophobia and other intolerances must not be allowed to take root either at home or on foreign soil. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs extends its best wishes to Grant Nock and wish him a speedy recovery.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs expresses its hope that British authorities will thoroughly investigate the matter and bring the perpetrators to book.

Issued by Nomfanelo Kota at 082-459-3787
Department of Foreign Affairs
Private Bag X152
Pretoria
0001
11 August 2005

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