Eastern Cape Correspondent/PretoriaLIVE
28 November 2020
BHISHO – Police Minister General Bheki Cele on Saturday lauded the arrest of a man, believed to have hacked his wife and five children to death in the Eastern Cape province.
Cele’s spokesperson Lirandzu Themba said the gruesome murder of the mother and her children has been described as a bloody start to the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children.
“The murder a 42-year-old mother and her children aged between six months and ten years old has shocked the country. The family was attacked and killed with an axe, believed to be the same weapon found at the crime scene,” she said.
“Police then cast their net wide to find the husband of the deceased mother, who detectives thought could assist in their investigations. Within 24 hours after the heinous crime, police arrested the husband, a Zimbabwean national. The 34-year-old man was in hiding at the time of his arrest and allegedly preparing to flee the country.”
Cele has applauded the swift detective work which led to the arrest. He also appealed to communities to continue supporting the police work to curb crime.
“While it is the responsibility of the police to ensure that those who carry out such gruesome acts are arrested and dealt with by the laws of this country, however such arrests only come after the fact and in many instances, it is after lives are destroyed and lost,” said Cele.
“So I am making a call to men, I urge you all to stop brutalising and violating women and children…it’s that simple.”
The 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children Campaign (also referred to as the 16 Days Campaign) is a United Nations global campaign which takes place annually from 25 November (International Day of No Violence against Women) to 10 December (International Human Rights Day). Other key commemorative days during this period include World Aids Day on the 1st December and the International Day for Persons with Disabilities, on 3 December of every year.