Media Release: MPWC Position Statement on the Killings of Women in Gauteng

The Gauteng Provincial Legislature (GPL) Multi-Party Women’s Caucus (MPWC) consists of women parliamentarians from across party lines in the GPL. The women parliamentarians are united by a common goal to fight for the rights of women and girls in Gauteng, particularly the scourge of violence against women and girls that has gripped the province in recent times, including the current wave of femicide.

The MPWC is outraged and alarmed by the current killings of women by their intimate partners, which appears to be getting out of control in the province. While the year 2017 has seen women and girls killed in their numbers, the recent killings of women in Mofolo; Soweto, Ekurhuleni and Tshwane within a week, warns us as Gautengers that our province is gradually becoming a sick and unsafe place for women and girls.

It is with this outrage that the MPWC will continue to fight against this barbarity women and girls are subjected to. We will continue to fight to raise awareness and to break the silence around gender-based violence. We will continue to work with like-minded community formations and institutions, to blow the whistle on perpetrators. We will work with the relevant authorities to ensure that these crimes do not go unpunished. As the MPWC, we want to let the perpetrators know that we are not going to tolerate these heartless acts, we will continue to blow the whistle until they are punished.

We commend the police for their swift action in arresting the murderer in the Mofolo case. We call upon all relevant authorities to work together in developing effective strategies to fight this wave of femicide that has hit our province and our country at large. It cannot be business as usual. The killings of women have escalated to a point that needs special attention.

As an advocacy entity, the MPWC is ready to support relevant authorities in their efforts to stop this scourge of femicide. It cannot be that our province and our country can be held at ransom by criminals who prey on those they perceive to be weaker than them, women and girls.