South Africa’s minister for women, youth and disabled people Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said on Tuesday she was shocked at the murder of Johannesburg woman Tshegofatso Pule whose stabbed body was found hanging from a tree this week.
Nkoana-Mashabane said the government would leave no stone unturned in its efforts bring justice for women.
Pule was eight months pregnant, and her murder is the latest in a series of violent attacks against women which have rocked South Africa.
Pule’s body was found close to Florida Lake in Roodepoort, in the Gauteng province’s West Rand area.
Naledi Phangindawo, 25, a local entrepreneur and health enthusiast, was attacked with an axe and stabbed with what her family described as a “spear” outside the home of the suspect in KwaNonqaba on Saturday night. Her car’s windows were also smashed.
According to IOL, the suspect, who is the father of two of Phangindawo’s three children, aged 2 and 4, has been arrested and is expected to appear in the Mossel Bay Magistrate’s Court.
During a briefing on Tuesday, Police Minister Bheki Cele described the murder of the two women as brutal.
“It’s an issue that we raise as police and law enforcement that (perpetrators) of crime are well known to the victims. By the look of things, both these ladies were killed by people known to them. I’m not confirming that, the investigations are ongoing,” he said.
He emphasised that it was difficult for law enforcement to curb domestic violence.
This, he said, was because police could not monitor people’s behaviour in their homes.
“Unfortunately, in those situations, we react. But it’s a question, we agree, we need to take up. We need to work very closely with all other structures and monitor closely gender-based violence, as cases can be brutal as we have seen with the two ladies,” Cele said.
He pleaded with men, communities and families to report suspiciously abusive relationships. He said this would ensure the police were proactive in responding in their action.
Sources: BusinessTech, IOL