12 December 2012

South Africa: IFP Gauteng Denounces the Brutal Killings of Women and Children

press release

The day after the end of the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children, the IFP Gauteng is disheartened by the identical killings of a Tshwane Metro Police officer, Constable Dimakatso Mable Peete, 29, who was strangled and set alight by her boyfriend, and also the death of a Soweto teenager, Mthokozisi Mdanda- Sibeko, 12, who was neck snapped and dumped in a rubbish bin at his family's garage.

IFP Caucus Leader in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature (GPL) Bonginkosi Dhlamini slammed these incidents saying, "It is incontrovertibly a calamity to note that a few amongst us chooses to be nonconformist to the notion of respecting and preserving the lives of innocent women and children in our society. This also raises an issue of us being an insane society."

Likewise the IFPGP urges the department of Community Safety to robustly arrest the issue of hate crime in the province, seeing that the manifold of this reported violent and abusive activities are predominately perpetrated by those closely attached to the victims.

Dhlamini added, "Such disturbing cases should serve as a reminder that the 16 Days of Activism should not be reduced to just a festivity, but must also be used as a tool to deal with violence against woman and children".

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