Govt condemns spate of women killings

Johannesburg - Government on Monday expressed sadness at the recent spate of killings and abuse of women and children in the country.

"These heinous criminal activities are strongly condemned and law enforcement agencies will continue to enforce the rule of law," Communications Minister Faith Muthambi said in a statement.

"However, government alone cannot completely address this scourge as it is a societal issue and requires an even more strengthened effort and synergy by all South Africans."

A woman was found stabbed to death in Bryanston, Johannesburg, on Saturday.

On Sunday, ER24 spokesperson Werner Vermaak said the woman, believed to be in her late 30s, died after being stabbed about 50 times.

Beeld newspaper reported that the victim told a woman who had stopped to help her that her husband had stabbed her. No arrests had been made yet.

An 18-year-old woman was raped and murdered in Tshing, Ventersdorp, North West, on Friday. A 24-year-old man was arrested and expected to appear in the Ventersdorp Magistrate's Court on Monday.

According to The Times newspaper, the incident was believed to be "corrective rape" because the woman was a lesbian.

A 14-year-old boy from the Waterworks informal settlement, south of Johannesburg, was arrested for allegedly strangling his mother to death.

The boy reportedly confessed the crime to his aunt on Thursday.

The teenager told his aunt his mother had beaten him and poured boiling water on him. He was treated for burns.

Muthambi said that despite the country's laws, gender and sexual orientation-based violence continued.

"Government is reiterating President Jacob Zuma’s call to society, communities, inter-faith groups, business, and every sector of this country’s community to work with government to tackle social ills," she said.

"It is crimes of this nature that ruin the strides that we have made as a country in building a just society."

Margaret Cox 2014-08-18 07:08:15 PM
More condemnation. Really - that is such a help.
Henno 2014-08-18 07:13:12 PM
Stop the condemnation and start doing something about it ... give us a referendum and ask us, the citizens if we want the Capital Punishment brought back or not. Then stop leeching all the money for yourselves and start spending OUR tax money where it is suppose to go, for the upliftment of the country and to promote education and family values and rekindle the idea behind Ubuntu. Until such a time your words are empty ... much like the space between those ears of yours Faith
Anthoula Joshua 2014-08-18 07:16:09 PM
So what are you going to do about it government of SA????????? A plan of action please.
Tommy Cilliers 2014-08-18 07:25:54 PM
And no condemnation for farm murders?
Lebohang Molefe 2014-08-18 07:41:08 PM
Talk is cheap.
Abe Sunday 2014-08-18 07:44:32 PM
Love of killing partners are more growing among our men just cheating and our guys dont know many good things are waiting for them in future.
Erna Westdyk 2014-08-18 07:45:10 PM
Is that because its women's month? This happens right through year with no comment or action from government. Don't know why we have women's month - total waste of advertising and partying by government, hoping to impress the people!
Bradly Minnaar 2014-08-18 09:19:45 PM
Anc has a phd in condemning but is absolutely impotent to do anything about it
Bradly Minnaar 2014-08-18 09:21:12 PM
@ tommy. Anc dont care about farm murders because they are a racist party.
JeanClaude Vandamme 2014-08-18 09:28:00 PM
I condemn all these comments