MURDERED: Hannah Cornelius, 21

Labelling the murder “senseless and brutal”, Mkongi commended the police who have arrested three suspects in connection with the murder.

Mkongi said he was “angered by the continued and sustained attacks on innocent young women, girls and children”.

“We will leave no stone unturned to fighting against and defeat the madness and scourge against young women, girls and children.”

The deputy minister said that the ministry of police and other stakeholders in the education sector were hard at work organising and preparing for a National school and safety summit that will take place at the University of the Western Cape on 12-14 July.

Cornelius and a male friend were attacked and hijacked while sitting in their car on Friday in Bird Street in Stellenbosch. Her friend was severely beaten and dumped in Kraaifontein where he managed to call for help. Her body was found on Saturday morning in Knorhoek Road, near a farm in Stellenbosch.