The Mabeskraal community near Rustenburg in the northwest has risen following the rape and murder of a resident, allegedly on parole.
The suspect was detained. Residents say 46-year-old Kgamotso Rose Mokvane was the latest victim in a series of rapes and murders committed against women in Mabeskraal.
Police are said not to be able to detain perpetrators of gender-based violence in their village.
The mother of four, Kgamotso Rose Mokvane, was allegedly raped and stabbed three times in the head. She was found on the road in the village.
Mokvane died at the hospital.
Christina Mokvane explains the condition of her sister Kgamotso when she was found.
“She was raped and killed here. We found her in a pool of blood, naked. The man who did it is not the man. Why didn’t he then just rape her and kill her? This is what I asked myself. He stabbed her in the head. Her forehead. What struck me most was the stab wound that was right over my eye. It broke me the most. He didn’t have to kill her. Her children are now on their own. ”
Her daughter Virginia Mokvane still can’t believe her mother is dead. She says she no longer feels safe.
“I am one of those who saw my mother’s body. I couldn’t believe it. Seeing that she was lying on the ground, I thought, maybe she’s calling me for help. It affected so much because we were very close. No longer feel safe. I intend to resign because it is too late. The person who did it can attack us at any time as soon as he gets the bail. ”
The police confirmed that the arrested criminal is on parole. He was convicted of murder thirteen years ago.
A spokesman for police in the north-west, Brigadier General Sabata Mokwabone, said: “We can confirm that the accused Chepo Motisi was arrested shortly after the incident. At the time of his arrest, the accused was on parole after being arrested for murder and robbery in January 2006. He was eventually sentenced to 25 years in prison in February 2009. “
The community is striking. They accuse the police of not engaging in local crime, in particular homicides, which they believe are on the rise.
“Murders took place in our district. Nothing was done by the police by the courts. That’s why we don’t know what to do anymore, because if we take matters into our own hands, the police will arrest us. “
A local nonprofit has volunteered to teach women self-defense courses to survive GN and femicide, hoping it will lead to cases of violence against women and children, as spokesman Christopher Koizioe explained.
“We created this organization to minimize the deaths that take place in our village, and so we meet with organizations, especially with women, to protect ourselves from men. We are also preparing women for self-defense, because we see that without this our women will be killed. “
Police say the alleged increase in GN cases should be reported.
Brigadier Mokgwabone explains: “We strive to provide professional services to our communities. We would therefore like to urge community members who complain about specific cases and the apparent rise in crime to contact the Sun City Station Commander. “
The suspect is expected to appear before Magvas’ magistrate’s court on Monday.
Lamola says the community and the criminal justice system should work as a unit to fight GN criminals