by Andrew Louw – DA Northern Cape Premier Candidate
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Date: 12 March 2019
Crime in the Northern Cape, in particular Kimberley, has spiralled out of control. There is no other explanation for the murder of Grade 12 Emmanuel Secondary School learner, Boniface Ndlovu, who was stabbed to death on Sunday, for the shoes that he wore to his matric dance.
The DA is both saddened and outraged by Boniface’s untimely death. Our deepest sympathies go out to the Ndlovu family. We can only begin to imagine the severe impact that this horrific crime will have on his family and his friends.
It is so unfair that the future of a young man, who did so well at school and who was on the verge of following his dreams, had to be cut short because a gang of 10 men decided to rob him and stab him and leave him for dead.
We cannot help but ask what has become of society and how did we get to this point, where crime has become so vicious yet so callous, so routine yet so random?
Murder by stabbing is especially a crime that plagues the community of Kimberley. Increased gang activity in the city is also cause for concern. This is not the type of society in which we want our young people to be born and raised.
We recognize that the current crime situation is the effect of chronic under-training, under-staffing, under-resourcing and under-equipping of the SAPS, combined with a lack of crime intelligence and a poorly equipped detective force to ensure that criminals are brought to book.
There can, however, never be an excuse for murder. More must therefore be done to combat crime and create safe communities in which our children can live and play.
The DA calls on SAPS to leave no stone unturned in finding and punishing the perpetrators of this violent crime.
The DA also calls on the people of this province to help us make the Northern Cape safe again for all our people. The DA has the political will and a plan, to fix the fundamentals in the police force and to tackle crime for the benefit of all the people of this country. We also acknowledge that crime is everybody’s business, and that a whole-of-society approach must be taken because at the end of the day, your child is my child.
Only change under a DA-led government will overhaul the police service to create an honest and professional police service that can serve and protect us and our children