By Safiyia Stanfley, MPL, DA Provincial Spokesperson on Gender, Youth and Persons with Disabilities:
The Democratic Alliance calls for the harshest possible punishment for Mfundo Gumede, who has been found guilty of raping a fourteen year old girl six times.
It is absolutely unacceptable that anyone preys on our young daughters. We just celebrated Child Protection Week and are in the midst of Youth Month, yet we are reminded that many children in this province are not safe from violence and crime.
We are sickened by Mr Gumede’s crimes. He kidnapped his victim at knifepoint, kept her against her will and raped her on multiple occasions. These crimes are unacceptable and it is unthinkable that somebody would do this to a child. We can only hope that the victim is able to find closure at the end of the proceedings. We will keep her and her family in our thoughts and prayers.
The court must send a strong message to the community that this type of criminality is unacceptable and will be punished severely.