By Katlego Suzan Phala (MPL), DA Spokesperson on Women , Children, Youth and Disability:
The DA is outraged about the recent scourge of violent crime and brutal murders of women and children across the province.
The ”16 days of activism” campaign will start on 25 November and we are not close to achieving its aims.
In two separate incidents less than five days apart this week, a three year old toddler and a woman were brutally murdered in Limpopo. This raises a concern around the safety of women and children especially in the rural areas.
In the first incident, a 48 years old man from Thohoyandou stabbed his wife and chopped off her hand with a panga during a lovers’ tiff on Sunday and she later succumbed to her injuries.
Later in the same week , a three year old boy was brutally murdered with a grinder in Eldorado village in Senwabarwana on Monday and his genitals were mutilated.
The suspect was killed by the angry community while the “panga man” was rescued by the police in the hands of angry community and is expected to appear before court for a formal bail application before the end of this month.
It is clear that vigilantism is creeping into our societies and we call on the police commissioner Lt. Gen. Fanie Masemola to resource and capacitate these police stations and to prioritise crimes against women and children to re-establish trust our men in blue in rural areas.
The DA has been calling for specialised rural safety units within SAPS in parliament for years and hopes that after these tragic deaths our proposal will be taken seriously.
The DA extends our deepest condolences to both families and we will be embarking on a massive door to door campaign in both villages and the surrounding areas in order to encourage the communities to break the silence of any kind of abuse against women and children.