Jacques Smalle MP
DA Limpopo Provincial Leader
Today, Democratic Alliance activists will also be attending court session of two suspects accused of beating Ms. Esther Mankge to show her our solidarity and support.
We wish to express our condemnation at the shocking act of brutality committed by security guards accused when they were caught on camera beating Ms. Esther Mankge, a 49 year old woman from Jane Furse.
Violence against women in Limpopo has reached crisis proportions. This is the reason why the DA is tabling the Limpopo Community Safety Bill – to make police more accountable to the safety needs of our women and children.
Video footage of the incident clearly shows two security guards repeatedly beating Ms. Mankge with a hammer and belts.
She was stripped of her dignity as a woman as her nakedness was also exposed during the beatings.
In terms of the laws of our country, only a woman is legally allowed to search another woman. From the video this does not appear to have happened.
Most importantly, no one has the right to take the law into their own hands, like these culprits were doing. People are presumed innocent until they are found guilty.
Ms. Mankge’s experience is a clear indication of how much we still need to do to firmly entrench the culture of human rights in our country.