Anthony Benadie MPL
DA Provincial Leader – Mpumalanga
The DA expresses its deepest condolences at the brutal murder during a burglary of Mr Jan du Toit of Dennesig in Middelburg in the early hours of yesterday morning.
Mr du Toit confronted an unknown number of burglars in his house, and during the ensuing struggle, was repeatedly stabbed. His Wife, Ms Marietjie du Toit, also suffered injuries to her head and was subsequently hospitalised.
Of concern is that when called to the scene, the responding police were poorly equipped to deal with the trauma and emotion of the moment. The DA understands that the police made little effort to assist angered residents in apprehending the perpetrators who were still lurking in the neighbourhood, and despite at least two occasions where they could’ve been caught, still managed to get away.
The DA is highly concerned over the attack and the escalating criminal behaviour in our province, with criminals running riot despite police efforts, and are terrorising residents across the province with the confidence of knowledge that the chances of being caught is relatively limited.
In addition, criminal acts such as this, coupled with the hundreds of other attacks taking place daily is severely straining relations between South Africans, and is gradually eroding the very fabric on which our society is built – it simply must stop.
The fact is that in most cases policing occurs after crimes have been committed. Proactive visible policing and anti-crime initiatives are clearly insufficient and ineffective and must be addressed immediately.
To this end, the DA calls on the provincial police commissioner, Lt Gen Thulani Ntobela to convene all his senior personnel and set in place a workable proactive crime-fighting plan – one that would address the shortcomings of the current plan and make Mpumalanga a safer place.
The DA passes on its condolences to the many family and friends of Mr du Toit.