Gauteng MEC for Community Safety Faith Mazibuko has condemned the gruesome killing of children in the province that has occurred since the lockdown began.
MEC Mazibuko was addressing the media during a visit on Saturday to families of two boys who were murdered recently. On both her visits to Ivory Park and Orange Farm she was accompanied by acting MEC for Social Development PanyazaLesufi.
One of the victims an 11-year-old boy from Ivory Park went missing in early April. His body was found two days later in abush in Mayibuye. The other body of a five-year-old boy was found on the floor inside a tavern between a refrigerator and crates on April 15.
MEC Mazibuko condemned the incident and ordered police to work swiftly to catch the perpetrators.
“We condemn the gruesome and senseless killing of the children who were found during the lockdown period. Incidents of this nature are becoming a regular occurrence within the province.
“I have instructed the police to work around the clock to ensure that the perpetrators of these crimes are brought to book to face the full might of the law,” said MEC Mazibuko.
She said due to the seriousness of the case it was being addressed at a provincial level.
“Police have interviewed people… hopefully those that have been interviewed will assist the police in cracking the case.”
MEC Mazibuko appealed to the public to help police bring perpetrators to book.
” We wish to also call upon the community to help us, because it is in times like this that we need each other. The community might have seen or heard something because the young boy was playing in the street. Of course, it is lockdown so we urge parents to keep their children in their yards.” said MEC Mazibuko.
MEC Lesufi conveyed his heartfelt condolences to their families.
“On behalf of the Gauteng government, we would like to convey our sincere condolences to the bereaved families and wish them strength during this time of grief,” said MEC Lesufi.