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
IFP Spokesperson on Women, Children and People
Ms Liezl Van der Merwe MP
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