‘Death march’ against violence



September 1, 2016
‘Death march’ against violence

CALL FOR JUSTICE: Residents protesting in Delft. CREDIT: Patrick Louw

Delft police urged to end bloodshed.

The head of Delft Police Station has vowed to catch the killers of a missing mom who was found raped and burnt in the bush.

Yesterday, family and community members marched to the police station, protesting against escalating violence in Delft, where 31 people have been killed in August.

The march started at murdered mom Nomanesi Klawushe’s, 38, home in Leiden, from where about 200 people walked to the nearby Delft SAPS.

Nomanesi, who has three children aged 12, 14 and 20, disappeared on August 7 and her body was found by children playing in a bush along Symphony Way on August 12.

She was raped and set alight and her mother could only identify her by the brown nail polish on her toes.

Nomanesi, who was unemployed, left her home with a male neighbour and was never seen alive again.

Her cousin Portia Ngotya, 51, led the march with organisations Social Justice Coalition and the Right to Know Campaign, calling for the bloodshed to end.

Portia says: “This is horrible because the police have said 31 people have been murdered this month and this was a mother, a woman who had three children.

“Delft is a big area which cannot have just one police station; Blikkiesdorp on its own needs a mobile police station.

“The police, it seems, are so busy with the murders, they haven’t even taken statements from people.

“We are marching because we want the bloodshed to end, especially with women.’’

Sikhangele Mabulu of Social Justice Coalition addressed marchers outside the police station and handed over a memorandum to police, demanding speedier investigations that will lead to convictions.

“We are calling on the community to provide police with any information that will help the case of Nomanesi.”

Station Commander, Lieutenant Colonel Cedric Hermanus promised to hunt down the mother’s killers and to put pressure on authorities to cut down the bush.

“With regards to the bush, we are busy with the department to deal with that because it is a big concern as we are picking up bodies there,” said Hermanus.

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