Stand on child, woman abuse

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - MASABATA MKWANANZI

FRUS­TRATED Springs res­i­dents took a stand against woman and child abuse when they marched and handed in a mem­o­ran­dum to Po­lice Min­is­ter Fik­ile Mbalula at the Springs po­lice sta­tion yes­ter­day.

KwaThema res­i­dent Kgotso Pooe said it was about time they took a stand and sent a mes­sage that “enough is enough”. “Most re­cently there have been sto­ries about child traf­fick­ing in Springs…”

Pooe added that they had in­vited Home Af­fairs Min­is­ter Hlengiwe Mkhize and urged her to de­port il­le­gal im­mi­grants. “We want people who are here legally and are will­ing to work with us.”

In May, a 42-year-old for­eign man and a 17-yearold girl were al­legedly found to be in­volved in a hu­man-traf­fick­ing syn­di­cate in Springs, lur­ing young girls into pros­ti­tu­tion.

Five girls, aged 14 to 19, were res­cued from the man’s flat in Springs.

This came af­ter a group of 17 people were ar­rested in May when po­lice raided a brothel in Springs. The group con­sisted of 11 women in their early twen­ties and six men aged be­tween 19 and 42. How­ever, only four women and a man were charged with hu­man traf­fick­ing un­der the Sex­ual Of­fences Act.

The mem­o­ran­dum stated that res­i­dents were con­cerned about spi­ralling crime which had re­sulted in the killing of women and chil­dren, the sense­less rapes and the law­less­ness in their com­mu­ni­ties.

They de­manded the min­is­ter com­mit to de­ploy the spe­cial task force to Brak­pan, KwaThema and Springs to stop the traf­fick­ing of girls.

Chant­ing res­i­dents were de­lighted as the min­is­ters agreed to their de­mands and signed the mem­o­ran­dum on the scene. Mbalula praised the show of unity and said po­lice would start work­ing harder to make them feel safe.

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