By Ramotswedi Rammutla July 3, 2020
Moretele: The South African Civic Organisation SANCO in the North West Province has expressed dissatisfaction about the rising cases of gender based violence. The organisation said in a statement that it was appalled and saddened by the brutal killing of “a woman in ward 03, Moretele Local Municipality. It is alleged that the woman’s partner, Paul Mahlangu hacked her to death on Saturday, 27 June 2020 using an axe (phanga) and left her lifeless body with their helpless 5 year-old child. Subsequent to the murder of his girlfriend, Mahlangu hung himself on the same day and his body was found on Monday, 29 June 2020” said the statement from Provincial Secretary SibongileMulauzi.
SANCO Provincial Chairperson, Nki Manamela has urged community members to be each other’s protectors and report any form of violence to law enforcement. ”Gender-based violence continues to rear its ugly head in our communities and is unacceptable. Women and children are our primary concern and we plead with everyone, including the relatives of victims to speak up on abuse. Police should also prioritize the safety of victims at all times when they report such incidents as an alarming number of women feel unsafe and unprotected when reporting their perpetrators”.