The African National Women’s League (ANCWL) in Johannesburg has expressed concerns over ongoing killing of young women in the hands of their partners. This follows the two killings of Tshegofatso Pule and Sanelisiwe Mfaba which made headlines in past few days.
Tshegofatso Pule, who was eight months pregnant, was found stabbed and hanging on a tree in Rooderport. Meanwhile Sanelisiwe Mfaba’s body was found dumped in a veld in Dobsonville Gardens. The MEC for Community Safety and Chairperson of the ANCWL in Gauteng Faith Mazibuko said women are currently facing a major challenge which is gender-based-violence.
“Women no longer face triple challenges of inequality, poverty and unemployment, they face quadruple challenges, the fourth challenge being gender-based violence. As the ANCWL of Greater Johannesburg we concur that the four challenges are inseparable in the fight for the emancipation of women,” said Mazibuko.
She has applauded the Dobsonville Police for the swift arrest of Sanelisiwe’s boyfriend and also appealed to the Rooderport Police to hunt for Tshegofatso’s murder.
“We commend the Dobsonville Police for the swift arrest of Sanelisiwe’s boyfriend, who is alleged to have murdered her. We are appealing to the Rooderport Police to do everything in their power to catch the person responsible for killing Tshego,” said Mazibuko.
Mazibuko further urged the government to put measures to combat GBV.
“Government must treat GBV like Covid-19, invest resources in finding solutions and employ the services of Forensic Specialists to deal with GBV. The City of Johannesburg (CoJ) and Eskom must address electricity issues in dark spaces, which are a contributing factor to GBV,”
“The CoJ must also address grass cutting and trimming of open spaces, as bodies of women are dumped in these bushy spaces.The CoJ must support civil society organisations and other progressive individuals advocating for the safety of women and children.” said Mazibuko.