7 February 2013

South Africa: Denosa Appalled By Murder of a Cape Town Girl

Photo: Reinnier Kazé/IRIN
(file photo):Campaign against rape

Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) would like to express its shock and anger at the unnecessary rape and murder of the 17-year-old girl in Bredersdorp the Western Cape at the hands of a heartless perpetrator, and hopes the sentencing will signal the country’s disapproval of this barbaric behaviour.

And similar gang-related cases where victims are killed are on the rise. What is of great concern is that the country is seeing a high-scale erosion of morals and values.

DENOSA would like to call upon law enforcement agencies to play a big part in ensuring that the perpetrators, including possible accomplices, face the full might of the law and hope that this sends out a strong message to the world that this behaviour cannot be accepted in our communities in any way.

Hope sentencing sends a strong message to perpetrators that this is not acceptable. It is DENOSA’s view that our law somehow fail to protect the vulnerable in this country.

DENOSA’s second deputy president and head of the organisation’s gender structure, Thandeka Msibi, said: “What’s even sadder is that this incident happens not long after the country observed the 16 days of activism against women and children abuse campaign. This incident shows the essence of scaling up the campaign to even 365 days, as similar incidents happen almost daily.”

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