19 June 2020
MEC KHOZA URGES YOUNG PEOPLE TO FIGHT GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE
KwaZulu-Natal Social Development MEC, Mrs Nonhlanhla Khoza, is extremely concerned at the high levels of incidents of gender-based violence and femicide in the Province.
MEC Khoza's comments follow two incidents of women murders in the Province last week.
A 29-year-old woman, Bongisile Joy Gumede-Mseleku, was allegedly killed by her boyfriend in the presence of her three children in Nkwezela area's Ward 08 in Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma Local Municipality.
In another incident, a body of an unknown woman was found in the Umzimkhulu River, in the Cele Clan, under Umzumbe Local Municipality. It is alleged that the body was tied to a rock in order for it to sink in the river.
Gumede-Mseleku’s body was dismembered by her intimate partner who committed suicide on Wednesday. MEC Khoza described the magnitude of abuse, rape, and murder of women in the country as worrying.
“We are deeply disturbed by the recent increase in incidents of femicide. It is even more concerning that the women are killed by their partners.
“It is clear that we are a nation in crisis. The murder of this mother is not an isolated incident, but talks to a challenge women face in this country.
“As government, we introduced a number of interventions to eradicate the scourge of gender-based violence. No woman should be killed, more so by the ones who claim to love them,” she added.
MEC Khoza urged young people to work closely with the Department of Social Development and all other sectors of society to end the scourge of women murders.
“The fight against GBV need active youth participation in society to create more awareness. We believe young men should take up the fight against gender-based violence in society. Our deepest sympathies go out to the family of the young women whose lives were cut too short," she said.
The MEC has dispatched a team of social workers to render psycho-social support services to the family of the deceased and her children.
The team of social workers will remain with the family even after the funeral in order to enable them to deal with the traumatic experience.
ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT MINISTRY
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