Diepsloot Murders Indicative of Gov's Failure to Address Violence

16 October 2013    


South Africa should hang its head in shame following the gruesome killing of two toddlers of Diepsloot in Gauteng yesterday, the IFP said today.


But more importantly, our Government as a whole and Departments such as the Department of Women, Children and People with Disabilities should bear responsibility for these heinous attacks, as it again points to the failure of the state to deliver on its Constitutional mandate to protect its citizens, especially its children.


"With the senseless killing of two more defenceless South African children, who had also possibly been sexually assaulted, it begs the question: is the State playing an adequate role in ensuring the safety of our women and girls? Or are we only paying lip service to the fight against violence and gender based violence? The latter clearly seems to be the case," said Ms Liezl van der Merwe MP, the IFP's spokesperson on Women, Children and People with Disabilities.


In response to the brutal killing of another young woman earlier this year, Ms Anene Booysen, President Jacob Zuma during his 2013 SONA speech announced the State's high-level response to the scourge of violence against women and children, through the establishment of the National Council Against Gender Based Violence.


"The IFP warned then that without dedicated financial and human resources this would be another great idea, but a proverbial white elephant. Now, eight months later, just as we predicated, the Council has yet to make any impact, because it lacks the necessary resources to do so."


The brutal killing of the Diepsloot toddlers seriously calls into question Government's commitment to fight the scourge of violence against women and children. Without dedicated financial resources backing this fight, Government's promises to turn the tide on violence against women and children will continue to ring hollow.


The IFP conveyed its condolences to the family and friends of the toddlers.


"It is always shocking and painful to hear of the murder of our children. One cannot imagine the fear and trauma these cousins went through. We convey our deepest condolences and sympathy to the family and the Diepsloot community as a whole. Furthermore, the IFP urges parents to protect and to be extra vigilant of their children's safety. We also urge any witnesses to come forward to assist the police in solving this case, as a matter of urgency," concluded van der Merwe.


Issued by: 

IFP Spokesperson on Women, Children and People with Disabilities:

Ms Liezl Van der Merwe MP


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IFP Parliamentary Caucus' Media Liaison Officer, Ms Boniswa Tiwe, 072 497 1252