Fight against gender-based violence to continue – MEC
Killing of women alarming, but hope not lost
MORE than 10 women are murdered each month in Gauteng, and the numbers seem to be increasing, figures from the MEC for Community Safety show after another 20-yearold woman was found dead in a stream between Zone 3 and Zone 6 in Sebokeng, in the Vaal Triangle.
A 41-year-old man, said to be her neighbour, was arrested in connection with the killing.
Despite government efforts to create awareness against woman abuse, the spate of murders of women by their closest partners or friends seems to be on the rise in Gauteng, where figures from the MEC show that 68 women were murdered between March and August this year.
These figures include the well-publicised murders of five women – Lerato Moloi, Karabo Mokoena, Thembisile Yende, Popi Qwabe, Bongeka Phungula – which happened during the months of April and May.
Spokesperson for Community Safety Busaphi Nxumalo, who spoke on behalf of MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane, said the killings were disappointing because the MEC’s department had hugely budgeted campaigns to tackle this prevalence.
“The department has always condemned the killing of women. We have adopted 356 days of groundbreaking intervention concerning the scourge of killing of women and children. This is sad because we spent a lot of money in our campaigns against the killing of women. We feel we have lost money, but we don’t regret. In fact, we will continue with our campaigns because this is a crisis and it is still continuing,” Nxumalo said.
The department had also hosted a number of human chain marches which were led by men to highlight the issue of gender-based violence, Nxumalo said.
“Faith Based Organisation is also part of the programme against the killing of women in Gauteng Province. Soccer players and legends play part in leading campaigns against the scourge through sport.
“The Community Safety Depart- ment advocates to fight gender-based violence in communities across the province, and with the help of men who are protectors of women in society. We can’t fight only as women because we become victims; men should also come on board.
“We also encourage the communities to report cases of gender-based violence,” she said.
Nxumalo said she was grateful that suspects had been arrested.
“We are happy that 80% of the perpetrators have been arrested, but 20% of them are not yet arrested, and these are people in power. This shows that even our police are dedicated to bringing them to book. As the department, we will continue to work hard to end this scourge.”
MURDER VICTIMS: Karabo Mokoena, Charlotte Madibuseng and Themibisile LuciaYende