by Andrew Louw MPL – DA Northern Cape Provincial Leader
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Date: 21 August 2018
The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Northern Cape is deeply disturbed by the disappearance of 8 year old Melissa Kanguya, who went missing from Platfontein on Thursday after three minor boys aged between 14 and 16, attempted to rape her.
We are also horrified by the alleged rape of a 10-year old boy and 12-year old girl from Platfontein, who are believed to have been attacked by the same group of boys on the same day that Melissa went missing.
The immense pain caused by these acts of violence to the victims and the families, is immeasurable and we cannot begin to imagine what they are going through. It should not be that parents have to worry all day, every day, about the safety of their children.
It is shocking that such violent crimes are alleged to have been perpetrated against the youth, by the youth. This substantiates the 2016 findings of Stats SA that the youth, aged between 15 – 34 years of age, are the main perpetrators of violence.
Much more needs to be done to ensure that society raises caring, well balanced and responsible young people, not a generation of criminals. Much more needs to be done to ensure that all communities become places of safety, not treacherous playgrounds for criminals.
No child deserves to have their future stolen in this way and no parent should ever have to endure the suffering caused by the uncertainty of not knowing whether their child is dead or alive.
A group of DA councillors will visit Melissa’s devastated family today, to offer our support – the pain of one mother, is the pain of all.
Until proven otherwise, we will continue to pray for the safe return of Melissa and remain hopeful that the little girl is found alive.
Andrew Louw MPL
DA Northern Cape Provincial Leader
082 383 6914
Shelley De Witt
082 847 1387