DA will continue to monitor Tholeni Village despite SAPS assessment

Veliswa Mvenya MPL

Provincial spokesperson

The DA will continue to monitor Tholeni, the “Village of Death”, despite views that the community is safe following the recent arrest of a suspect in connection with the murder of 24 women and children.

The DA will continue to monitor Tholeni Village, despite an SAPS assessment that the area is returning to normality. While we welcome continued police presence in Tholeni Village, a decision by the SAPS to remove its mobile unit from the area, also referred to as the “Village of Death”, is unfortunate.

According to a memo from the Provincial Commissioner of Police, Lieutenant General Celiwe Binta, the mobile unit was withdrawn from Tholeni after the arrest of a suspect in connection with the series of brutal murders there. Since the arrest police patrol the area by day and a SAPS-van is deployed there at night.

The DA will continue to monitor the area notwithstanding the commissioner’s sentiments that the people of Tholeni are starting to live their normal lives again. A total of 24 women and children have been hacked to death in Tholeni since 2007. The DA will only close the book on this matter once the courts have proved beyond any reasonable doubt that the person arrested is in fact guilty and the only one responsible for these terrible crimes.

The DA believes that communities should always feel safe in their areas of residence.

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