11 February 2013

South Africa: Cosatu NW and the Protection of Women and Children

The Congress of SA Trade Unions in the North West and its affiliates condemn strongly the continuation of the raping and killing of women and children which is increasing on day by day.

It is on record that our poor women and children are not protected by the state and by our own social responsibility as society. Criminals are doing what they think is good for them in front of our eyes and we are protecting them.

As the federation in the NW we led a march against the rape and killing of women and children on the 15th June 2012 to the Provincial Commissioner, the state prosecution authorities, the MEC of Social Development, Women, Children and People Living with Disability and the HRC.

It is record that since then almost all the case that were on the memorandum were withdrawn; other rapists were granted free bail and others paid very less for raping our children and killing our women.

As COSATU we are disappointed that the state has failed the victims by not properly investigating the cases and making sure that there is successful conviction of the perpetrators.

Since then as COSATU we have also noted with shock and dismay that the numbers of cases are increasing with the latest victim being a ten months old baby.

COSATU calls on the state to take these cases seriously and make sure that the perpetrators are convicted and do not get bail while they are still on trial, as they often kill their victims after being released on bail.

COSATU also calls on the men of this country to treat women and children as human beings and stop abusing and raping them.

COSATU NW would also like to take this opportunity to send a message of condolence to the family of Anene Booysen and the family of a girl at Makau near Brits and buried at Maboloka on Saturday. The two girls were raped and mutilated.

We call on the state in these two provinces to deal with these two cases very decisively. We are mobilizing our members in the next two weeks in a mass action to protect our children.

We are also calling for the state to withdraw all bails that were granted to those perpetrators, in particular in the NW Rustenburg and Moses Kotane magistrates’ courts.

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