The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation is disheartened about how these brutal killings are becoming a norm in our communities. Another young life lost, another bright future deprived. We cannot afford to have yet another hashtag with no action taken by the Police and other relevant departments including the Presidency.
It is sad that women cannot live freely within our communities throughout South Africa, every day we read/hear of women being killed because men see women as sex objects. This behaviour is utterly disgusting.
The UDEMWO calls on President Ramaphosa to take its call seriously by calling referendum on death penalty. Clearly the life sentences that being handed by the Courts, are not deterrent to these heinous crimes.
Gomolemo Legae killed on the 1st of December, 2019 was just a young, innocent girl, a bright future awaited her, and right now she is no more. Kgaugelo Tshawe was also brutally killed few days just before the so-called 16 days of activism. Being a woman at this point in time in South Africa, you are just waiting to be a next victim.
Why can’t we have 365 days of activism against women and children?
What will it take for Government to act? How many more women must die before the government can act? Enough is Enough!
The UDEMWO has written an open letter to President Ramaphosa on the 09-September-2019. We were hoping Mr President would speedily act on this, as women are under attack, the time for speeches and dialogues around this issue is over. We would like to see a government that implements change and not just talk about it.
Ms Thandi Nontenja
UDEMWO Secretary General