The ANC condemns alarming rise in femicide cases

S Xhego

House Chair, Violence‚ rape and assault of women seems to grow every day in this country and this is very much disturbing. The ANC condemns in the strongest terms this continuous act of barbarity against women. The brutal killing of the Eastern Cape champion boxer, "Baby Lee" Jegels by her policeman boyfriend last Friday left everyone shocked. The tragic and untimely death of UCT student Uyinene Mrwetyana at the hands of the 42 year old Post Office employee left everyone frustrated and angry. The news of the UWC theology student, Jesse Hess who was found murdered last Friday along with her 85-year-old grandfather Chris at their home in Parow have left us completely shattered.

These are just a few of the women who have made it into the news for losing their lives at the hands of men, including intimate partners. It is indeed a cruel irony that most of these young women died when we were about to close the Women's Month in August. The ANC calls for a lengthy sentence too be handed down on all the perpetrators of this crime in order to send a message to those who may have any intention to commit crimes against women. We express our sincere condolences to all the affected families and relatives of the victims.

I thank you