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Silent march calls for greater police action

The horrible scourge of femicide has befallen the province, especially in the small towns of the Northern Cape. On the 25th of July the community held a peaceful march against women and children abuse. The Silent March roll call was accelerated by femicide cases such as the brutal death of Refilwe Letebele at the hands of an ex-boyfriend. Her death gave rise to anti-women abuse non-governmental organisation, Rise Abafazi Movement. The group’s representative Mpho Assegaai was invited to address the gathering. Missing person’s cases which includes the recent disappearance of the well-known Rabatho Lekhu as well as the nine-year old case of Rehana Moshoeshoe were also flagged.

Also present and addressing the march was crime-fighting group Operation Wanya Tsotsi’s representative, Tebogo Obusitse who lambasted the police for the arrest of the group’s members and the justice system for favouring perpetrators, “The only time human beings change their behaviour is when there is a threat of pain. If these thugs believe that there is no threat of pain to them, they will continue to kill our brothers and sisters,” fumed Obusitse.

Northern Cape’s Safety and Liaison MEC Nontobeko Vilakazi, was handed over a banner which is to hang at the help desk of Galeshewe Police Station, thereafter it will go to Roodepan and then will it be in her office. The banner bears the names of crime victims. The organisers resolved not to handover a memorandum of demands but rather a banner that would serve to urge the police to bring perpetrators to book.

The organisers of the march and members of the community with families of the victims met with Premier Zamani Saul to highlight their plight and seek support from the premier in the quest for justice. Premier committed to meet with senior management of the South African Police Services to relay the grievances and get an update on the progress of all outstanding investigations.

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