The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation is distraught by the news of Emihle Nyawose, a 7-year-old girl that was found in a shallow grave in Umthwalume on the south coast of KwaZulu-Natal.

The kidnapping, rape, and murder of a 7-year-old girl has shocked the community of Umthwalume and the rest of South Africa. The innocent girl’s life was cut short by a ruthless 27-year-old man.

UDEMWO has made several calls to the Minister of Women, children and persons with disabilities, Ms Maite Nkoana Mashabane, the Minister of Police Mr Bheki Cele and relevant stakeholders to protect women and children at all cost. The hosting of imbizo’s from time to time is not assisting the country in this war against gender-based violence. The scourge of GBV in South Africa is worrisome, women and children are killed on a daily basis and the culprits are always granted bail.

The failure of the Justice system has pushed the communities to resort to take the law into their own hands, hence the suspect feels safer to be in jail than to be out by not requesting bail.

How many more hashtags should trend on social media for our cry to heard?

UDEMWO calls on the Minister of Correctional Services, Mr Ronald Lamola, to do his job by ensuring bail is not granted to the accused. He is a menace in our society and should not be allowed to roam the streets seeking another victim!

As the suspect will appear in the Umzumbe Magistrate Court on the 22nd of March, 2023, UDEMWO says this despicable man must not be granted bail.

Issued by:

Ms Thandi Nontenja

UDEMWO Secretary General