Updated: Thu, 04 Apr 2013 07:12:26 GMT | By Sapa

‘Rape is a Plague’: Zulu King

The rape of elderly women and young girls is a plague gripping KwaZulu-Natal, Zulu king Goodwill Zwelithini said on Wednesday.


King Goodwill Zwelithini

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"These ugly criminal acts are no longer just isolated incidents, but they now constitute a plague," he said opening the KwaZulu-Natal House of Traditional leaders in Ulundi, according to a copy of his speech.

"This situation warrants urgent attention as it is reaching epidemic proportions."

He urged traditional leaders to encourage people to work with the police.

"We need to ensure that we eliminate all forms of anti-social behaviour amongst our communities.

"But traditional leaders, through their traditional councils and all traditional formations in tribal authorities, should take the lead in this campaign if we are to restore our good image as a province where ubuntu, respect for one another and dignified behaviour are the cornerstones of our nation."

Zwelithini said joblessness was no excuse for committing crimes.

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