IFP Welcomes Murder Charge for Delft Girl's Attacker

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 course.



Issued by:

IFP Western Cape Coordinator Ms Anthea Wichman, 078 101 6895


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