Limpopo MEC for Social Development Nkakareng Rakgoale has called on members of the public to join the department in its declaration of war against Gender Based Violence and Femicide. This is as the scourge is continuing unabated in the province. Two women were killed in two incidents that are related to GBVF. The body of 23-year old Bongani Maake was found dumped near the cemetery at Moupye village in the Motupa area outside Tzaneen. In Makgatle outside Zebediela, 32-year old Tshepo Aphane succumbed to serious burn wounds over the weekend, after she was allegedly set alight by her partner two weeks ago.
Social workers have been sent to both families for them to start with the provision of psychosocial support. MEC Nkakareng Rakgoale is scheduled to visit the Maake family in Mopye village on Wednesday and the Magatle family later in the week. MEC Rakgoale has urged people who are in relationships, men in particular, to desist from resorting to violence and undermining the rights of their partners.
“As government we can not allow a situation where the vulnerable groups of society are being killed in this manner. These are not just statistics, but lives that are lost at the hands of abusers who have a total disregard for the law. The right to life and dignity of our people must be respected at all material times. We also reiterate our call for people who are in abusive relationships or witness such incidents to report to social workers and the police so that we prevent these heinous acts from happening.” Says MEC Rakgoale.