by Harold McGluwa – DA Northern Cape Provincial Chairperson & Chief Whip of the Provincial Caucus
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Date: 08 February 2018
The DA is deeply distressed by the brutal murder of Sutherland resident, Riana Louw du Toit, a single mother of two, who was beaten beyond recognition with a rock on Tuesday morning. It is indeed tragic that her children have been left motherless due to this cruel act. We send our condolences to her family and the local community, who are reeling in shock after her heartless death.
In no less than three weeks, there have been three shocking attacks on residents in this province, as well as the discovery of the body of a toddler in the veld, and now the murder of Louw du Toit.
While the perpetrators of all the above crimes range from syndicates, to lone strangers, to acquaintances and even to family members, it is increasingly clear that the Northern Cape is under siege. Ruthless criminals are taking advantage of the rural and friendly nature of our province and turning it into a criminal playground.
While crime in the Northern Cape is, to a large extent, a social problem, often linked to substance abuse and other socio-economic factors, it is inexcusable and it remains the responsibility of the South African Police Service (SAPS) to combat crime.
The DA welcomes five arrests relating to two of the cases mentioned above but we believe that more needs to be done, not only in bringing the perpetrators to book but also in creating an environment that prevents crime.
The DA is thus preparing for an oversight programme that will see public representatives visit police stations across the Northern Cape.
Crime prevention needs to be urgently augmented. In order for us to come up with practical recommendations, we need to establish the extent to which various policing precincts are resourced as well as the degree of police visibility in areas that are fast becoming crime hotspots.
We cannot tolerate a situation whereby residents of this province are being raped, assaulted and murdered, while their families are left traumatized. People’s right to safety must be prioritized and guarded.
DA Northern Cape Provincial Chairperson & Chief Whip of the Provincial Caucus
082 440 1779
Shelley De Witt
082 847 1387