Ms Thandi Nontenja
UDEMWO Secretary General

The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is concerned that the South African Police Services do not appear to take kidnapping reports seriously. One only has to open a newspaper to read about the kidnapping and murder of women and children. Our communities are plagued by this scourge and those that are tasked to ensure our safety and security are failing dismally.

Not long ago, live footage showed how 21 year-old student Charmaine Erick was almost kidnapped just in front of her house in Rembrandt Park, Johannesburg. We are grateful that she managed to escape, but how many children must fall victim before safety and security authorities realise that the country is in crisis? How long must we wait before this issue is addressed?

It is getting clearer that issues relating to women and children are not taken seriously. What is even more disappointing is that Minister of Women Bathabile Dlamini is nowhere to be seen. It is disappointing and distressing that the ruling government continues to elect self-centred and inept individuals to high positions.

UDEMWO together with many people throughout the country are panicked and we call upon Minister of Police Bheki Cele to, together with all stakeholders, act swiftly to stop this nightmare.