The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Mondli Zuma, has strongly condemned the murder of yet another woman, aged 25 who was killed by a 35-year-old man she was staying with. The incident took place at Vosman near Witbank in the early hours of 16 May 2020.
According to information, an argument broke out between the couple, then moments later, the man allegedly assaulted and strangled the woman. Upon hearing the commotion, the man’s uncle, who resides in the same yard rushed to their room with the intention to intervene but found the woman lying motionless. He then alerted the neighbors who in turn notified police and medical personnel.
The woman was certified dead at the scene and police immediately arrested the man. He is expected to appear at the Witbank Magistrate’s Court on 18 May 2020, facing a charge of murder.
Meanwhile on Thursday evening, 14 May 2020, an 18-year-old woman was allegedly raped by a 31-year-old man believed to be her friend. The incident also took place at Vosman.
The report indicates that an argument broke out between the two where the man then apparently assaulted and raped the woman. The matter was reported to the police and a case of rape was opened. The suspect has since been arrested and is also expected to appear at the Witbank Magistrate’s Court on 18 May 2020.
The Provincial Commissioner has strongly condemned both incidents. He has once again called on society to stand up against gender-based-violence. General Zuma indicated that it seems as if the plight of women is rapidly increasing regardless of the efforts made by government to curb the scourge. “Our courts continue to impose harsher sentences but regardless, perpetrators of Gender-Based-Violence, continue to prey on vulnerable women and children. This situation cannot continue like this and it shows an underlying problem of moral decay in our society, “said General Zuma.
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