The Citizen (KZN)

MEC calls on EFF to turn its zeal to fighting GBV

- Alex Matlala

Limpopo MEC for education Polly Boshielo is challengin­g the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) to apply the same energy the party showed in protesting against the Clicks “black hair” advertisem­ent to fight the escalating cases of gender-based violence happening in the country daily.

Three women were killed in separate incidents in Limpopo over the weekend. “We have seen that you are fearless and we have seen that nothing can stop you from getting what we want. Why don’t we use the same energy to also fight this senseless killing happening in our country.

“Why don’t we prove to those doubting Thomases that we can fight this violence and stop this senseless killings,” asked Boshielo. “We may not change where we come from, but we can choose where we are going.

“I therefore call on all real men to choose the right path and start treating women and children with love, respect and dignity.”

The MEC’s pleas come after her visit on Monday to a bereaved family in Mokopane, where a 17-year-old Grade 12 pupil had been killed.

The body of Ramokone Kale, a pupil at Ebenezer High School in Zone 2 Mahweleren­g, was found in a pool of blood in the house at Ga-Madiba village, outside Mokopane on Sunday.

A 19-year-old suspect was arrested within two hours and was expected to appear before the Mokerong Magistrate’s Court soon to face a charge of murder.

Meanwhile the body of Kgaugelo Shai, 20, a college student in Tyckiline outside Lenyenye was recovered on Monday lying in the dry bed of a stream after a weeklong search by police and distraught family members.

Shai was reported missing after she allegedly disappeare­d with her boyfriend. The man, who was allegedly out on parole after serving time in prison, was earlier found dead after allegedly committing suicide.

On Saturday, a 35-year-old woman in Sterkfonte­in Nkadimeng in Sekhukhune was allegedly stabbed to death by the father of her baby. Police identified the deceased as Elisabeth Tjiane.

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