South Sudan President Salva Kiir is reported to have said soldiers who rape civilians should be shot. He was speaking during a visit to the town of Yei, near the Ugandan border, where a large contingent of soldiers is based.
Rights groups have accused South Sudanese soldiers of involvement in sexual assaults and say women have been raped on the basis of their ethnicity.
“Those who are doing unlawful acts, raping women and girls, this is not the policy of the government… the body of a woman cannot be taken by force,” Reuters quoted Mr Kiir as saying.
“I want the general chief of staff General Paul Malong and the defence minister to report to me from now on if anything like this [rape] happens. In such a case, we will shoot the person who did it.”