In spite of their differences in political mandates and policies, both the ANC and EFF were on the ground in Mthatha, the Eastern Cape on Wednesday for Namhla “Hlehle” Mtwa who was found dead in her car. They were united along with all the other members of the public who marched for #JusticeForNamhla and #JusticeForHleHle.
NAMHLA’S DEATH FOSTERS UNITY AGAINST GBV
EFF Deputy Secretary-General Poppy Mailola commanded the legions of the red berets who brandish placards, pickets and flags and chanted as they march to the central police station in Mthatha.
Mailola says they are marching to demand the perpetrators who killed Namhla are arrested. Police are yet to make any arrests.
“The perpetual failures and indifference of the entire justice system have left the nation in utter despair yet again after Namhla’s death. We’ve always said this government is reluctant to deal with the issue of GBV. Women will render this country ungovernable if government continues to do nothing about the killings of women,”says Mailola.
ANC national spokesperson Pule Mabe says brutal killings in the country of women and children were callous and inhumane.
“These killings of Namhla, six-year-old Bontle and Hillary Gardee are vicious and should be condemned. They are nothing short of Human Cannibalism and we at the ANC will intensify our efforts to end GBV,”he said.
MTHATHA POLICE STATION IS FAILING THE COMMUNITY
ANC National Executive Committee member and Head of Organizing Nomvula Mokonyane says Namhla’s death is an indictment of the plight of women in South Africa.
“There have been revelations about the Mthatha police station, there are over 80 registered complaints made by women about the police station. We will engage with comrade Bheki Cele the police minister to launch an investigation into the police station,”says Mokonyane.
Namhla’s death has sparked many to come forward and share their stories, many on the sidelines of the protest believe more can and must be done for the women of South Africa.
One protester revealed she was the victim of sexual assault and reported it to the Mthatha police station where officers alleged the suspect was arrested. The young woman said she had to flee as her assaulter was not arrested and remained in the community.