Police to relook at cold cases of murder and sexual offences

South African Police Service

Police to relook at cold cases of murder and sexual offences
Police to relook at cold cases of murder and sexual offences

Police Minister General Bheki Cele paid tribute to slain University of Cape Town student Uyinene Mrwetjana at her funeral service held in East London.

The Minister told mourners gathered at the Abbotsford Christian Centre that the gruesome death of the Media Studies student should catapult the whole country into a more structured response to crimes committed against all women regardless of class, social standing and race.

General Cele made a call to police officers in all police stations to never turn away victims of crime, especially women who have been subjected to Gender Based Violence.

“It’s not your job as police officers to ask women who report cases of sexual assault and harassment about their dress code at the time of the offence. You must treat them with utmost professionalism and care.”

The minister continued to say “Our response as the police is to strengthen our capabilities at station level, over and above specialised units that investigate such crimes, we are also training more female officers to be deployed at stations and better handle cases of sexual offences.”

In light of the gruesome attack, rape and murder of Uyinene Mrwetjana, the Minister has called for increased campus security at all institutions of higher learning, “I’m making call to all Vice Chancellors from all institutions to discuss the safety of campuses and how to improve the relationships between communities campuses, students and police .”

Minister Cele rounded off his tribute to Mrwetjana by telling her family friends and mourners gathered by saying “I know the 42 year old man arrested for raping and killing Uyinene had previous run-ins with the law, including an alleged rape at a hospital a few years back, but that case was withdrawn.”

The Minister has made a commitment that the SAPS will revisit such cases and others of murder and all gender based crimes as per Government’s response to the scourge of crimes against women and children.

South Africa Today – South Africa News

Gender violence: President should pay attention to FF Plus’s proposals

SOURCESouth African Police Service