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28 May 2018

Mahikeng: The North West MEC for Community Safety and Transport Management, Dr Mokgantshang Motlhabane is saddened and disturbed by the increased violent attacks and murders of women and young girls in the hands of their boyfriends and partners. Social media, is particularly abuzz with reports, comments and disturbing images about these incidences of late.

It has come to the MEC's attention that, on Saturday, 26 May 2018, Stella SAPS arrested a 19-year-old man suspected to have murdered two school girls. The lifeless bodies of a 16-year-old and a 17-year-old girls were found at Stella High School hostel dwellings. Apparently their bodies were discovered by the hostel matron.

The first corpse was that of a 17-year-old girl which was found hanging from the rails of the staircase in the hostel.

The hostel matron immediately alerted the school management and the police who upon heeded the call promptly and conducted a further search and investigation. They got shell shocked when they discovered the second body with a string around its neck at the communal hostel's bathroom.

The police subsequently began a frantic investigation that led to the swift arrest of a 19-year-old man who is believed to be an ex-boyfriend of one of the two girls. The motive for the incident is yet to be known and the police are still investigating.

"Let me send my heartfelt condolences to the family of the two young girls and wish each family to remain strong and find solace in God's abiding arm, during this trying time. I also want to commend the hostel matron for her motherly reaction, you didn't hesitate to report this heinous act to the police. For that, I thank you, as you have then empowered the police to act with speed and gather necessary evidence that enabled the police to effect an arrest. This evidence may well be enough to prosecute and convict the suspect successfully". Said MEC

The Stella Police were equally congratulated and thanked for heeding timeously to the call of duty as Minister Cele has mandated them to.

In the same breath, the MEC pleaded with partners and couples, especially younger ones to resort to seeking parents indulgence whenever conflicts and relationship differences becoming apparent.

"Please, rather speak-out, do not be hapless or hope things will just be alright. No, consult teachers, counsellors and alert your next of kin. As for boys and young men; resorting to violence and physical action is not the solution. This act of patriarchy is condemned with strongest possible terms and needs to stop, warned the MEC.

Regrettably, this double murder takes place on the eve of the South African Police Service, (SAPS), 'child protection week'. This is a campaigned jointly conducted by SAPS, Social Development and other stakeholders to intensify children safety awareness efforts as a way to be felt and yield desired outcome.

Names of the girls and suspects will not be revealed in line with the Child Protection Act. The communities and social media are requested to also desist from stating their identities, distributing images and or messages about them.


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