HUSBAND KILLS HIS FAMILY AND THEN USES THE GUN AGAINST HIMSELF
Nkakareng Rakgoale, the Limpopo MEC for Social Development, has expressed his shock at yet another case of Gender Based Violence and Femicide that has claimed the lives of three people. In Fondwe Village, Siloam, a 43-year-old mother and her one-year-old baby boy were shot dead, allegedly by her husband, before he turned the gun on himself.
This week, a 13-year-old girl was raped and murdered by her neighbor in Joppie village outside Tzaneen, and a 7-year-old boy was beaten to death by his uncle with a crowbar in Mandela village outside Phalaborwa in the same Mopani District.
“We have repeatedly urged families in distress to seek assistance from the numerous government agencies available to them, including social workers who are ready to counsel couples through their problems before they escalate into needless abuse.
Another man is resorting to heinous brutality in order to address his obvious problems by bloodshed. It's completely pointless. Couples, families, children, men, and women should never be too proud or afraid to seek assistance. Violent deaths are not anything to be proud of, and there are many programs and facilities available to support vulnerable family members.
The accused killer has since committed suicide, so there can be no closure in this case, but extended families are left with several questions. As a result, our social workers will offer psychosocial counseling to the victims' families once more.
We do, however, advocate for harsh penalties for perpetrators of violent crimes against women and children in cases that are currently pending in the courts. These heinous actions must stop, and we once again appeal to civil society to report family strife if they suspect it. MEC Rakgoale said
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