MEC APPLAUDS POLITICAL UNITY SHOWN DURING GBV CASE

North West Social Development MEC Boitumelo Moiloa, has applauded the unity shown by different political parties in their quest to combat
gender-based violence ravaging our society. Moiloa who was in a sombre mood, later expressed her delight to community members who demonstrated during the bail application hearing of the alleged murderer of Tshwanelo Seleke (25), who lost her life in early hours of Monday 1st November 2021.

Ntesang Molefe(28), appeared for the second time before the Zeerust Magistrate Court today 08 November 2021 for a bail application related to the incident. He is alleged to have gruesomely killed Seleke by amongst others, slitting her throat following an altercation as the two left the tavern in Ikageleng Location. Reports indicates that the pair were in a relationship that Seleke wanted to discontinue.

The case against Molefe, who abandoned his bail application, was postponed to the 8th of December 2021 for further investigations.

Addressing about 400 supporters clothed in regalia of various political formations as well as SESONKE Civil Movement, Moiloa emphasised
that femicide knows no political affiliation or boundaries.

“Let us all unite and say we are tired of gender-based violence. We fought against Covid-19 and nothing will derail us from totally eradicating
this pandemic call GBV.”

She called on demonstrators to ensure that unity is sustained until the end of the trial.

“Let us unite and give a clear indication to perpetrators of GBV that enough is enough. Whenever the accused appears before court, mobilise as many people as possible to ensure that our voices reaches the highest echelons of our justice system.”

“If we are organised and keep on supporting this cause, a harsher sentence in this case will definitely be achieved,” added Moiloa.

Reacting to the accused person’s decision to abandon bail Moiloa said the community is happy “because we won’t see him on our streets. We want harsher sentences for perpetrators for cases of gender-based violence.”

Moiloa concluded by urging communities to report any form of GBV  cases to the social workers within their areas so that professional interventions can take place before the situation turns ugly or deplorable.

For more information, contact:
Thabo Mosito
Media Liaison Officer
079 880 8249.

Or

Petrus Siko
Departmental Spokesperson
083 647 0668

Issued by the North West Department of Social Development

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