The unsurge in sexual abuse by religious leaders has become a huge proble to the faithfuls.

The recent figures released, indicates that at least Thirty-five cases of sexual abuse of children have rocked the local Catholic Church and led to three priests being defrocked.

However, Precious Blood Sister Hermenegild Makoro, secretary-general of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference, confirmed the damning allegations, which have placed South Africa among the countries scandalised by what Pope Francis has described as a “monstrous” crisis.

The US, Chile and Germany are among the countries also embroiled in turmoil facing the church.

According to Makoro:

“Thirty-five cases of clergy sexual abuse have been reported to the church since 2003 in South Africa,”

She added that only seven of the 35 cases of priests preying mostly on young boys were currently being investigated by the police, and none had led to a conviction.

Makoro said the church had been working hard to tighten their responses to cases of sexual abuse within the ministry.

She said the church had introduced the child-safeguarding policy in 2015 to ensure tighter measures.

Reporting on the investigation, Police spokesperson Brigadier Vish Naidoo said all sexual offences were investigated thoroughly by specialised sexual offence units.