by Safiyia Stanfley – Deputy Leader of the Democratic Alliance Women’s Network
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Date: 28 August 2018
The Democratic Alliance Women’s Network (DAWN) in the Northern Cape calls on the MEC for Transport, Safety & Liaison, Lebogang Motlhaping, to do more to ensure that the safety of women and children.
This must include ensuring, as part of his monitoring and oversight responsibility, that SAPS is adequately resourced to police heinous crimes such as the murder and suspected rape of Melissa Kanguya.
While we appreciate the efforts from SAPS in their search for Melissa, a lack of resources continues to frustrate the fight against crime.
We cannot expect to combat sexual violence when the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences units in the province experience shortages of 35 vehicles, 1 350 rape kits, 1 700 DNA collection kits, 21 landline telephones, 41 bulletproof vests and other essential tools, such as recording equipment and laptops.
In fact, the Platfontein community still has no satellite police station. Every community in the Northern Cape deserves quick access to a responsive police service which is adequately resourced to combat crime.
Only change under a DA-led government can ensure that our children are safe.
Deputy Leader of the Democratic Alliance Women’s Network
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