28 March 2014.
The IFP welcomes the Bellville Magistrate’s
Court decision to charge a man with murder after a young rape
victim died of her injuries last week.
Lihle Hlanjwa, from Delft in the Cape Flats,
was raped and set alight in January. After being in hospital for
months, fighting for her life, Lihle passed away in the Red
Cross Hospital last week.
The ANC government has failed to address the
scourge of child rape, and violence against women in general.
Our courts should make sure that rapists do
not see the outside world – they should not get parole, and they
should receive life sentences if found guilty.
Justice must be done for this young girl and
her family. This would also be a victory for other rape victims
whose cases have not been solved/ resolved by the police or
courts. The Department of Justice must bring back hope to our
people, and win back the public’s faith in our courts. Many rape
victims have been let down by the police and our courts. We hope
Lihle’s case will not be one of those cases.
The IFP sends its deepest condolences to
Lihle’s family and friends. May her soul rest in peace, and God
comfort her family in this difficult time. The law must take its
IFP Western Cape Coordinator Ms Anthea Wichman, 078 101 6895
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