Brutal murder must prompt pro-active steps

Safiyia Stanfley, MPL

DA Provincial Spokesperson on Gender

The Democratic Alliance is outraged by media reports on the brutal murder of an innocent five year old child. This is a tragedy.

This shocking crime occurred in the first week of the 16 Days of Activism campaign. Surely this must prompt the provincial government to take more pro-active steps to end violence against our children. It is not enough to hold ceremonies and have speeches. We must take active steps and play a robust role in the prevention of all forms of violence.

We ask that the provincial SAPS Commissioner, Lieutenant-General Janet Basson, must identify crime hotspots where incidents of this nature is likely to happen. Visible policing and patrols must be stepped up in these areas, especially over the festive season. It has been shown that the misuse of alcohol is a factor in many cases of violence. We hope to see that a recent pledge to promote responsible alcohol use by tavern owners will be put into place and that alcohol will not become a reason for abuse in this festive season.

The DA remains concerned about the easy access to liquor licenses.

Over the past two years, more than a thousand liquor licenses have been approved by the Northern Cape Liquor Board. We hope that this incident will serve as a wake-up call to the Liquor Board that careful consideration and due public participation should be taken into account prior to the issuing of licenses.