The killing of Namhla Mtwa continues to hold gender-based violence in the national spotlight as a scourge that needs to be addressed. Following a day of anti-GBV protests in Mthatha on Wednesday, police minister Bheki Cele along with top cops led by the national police commissioner will conduct an oversight visit of the Mthatha police station.
MTHATHA POLICE STATION MIRED BY COMPLAINTS
Lirandzu Themba, the spokesperson for the police ministry, says Cele joined by National Police Commissioner General Fannie Masemola will visit the Mthatha police station in the Eastern Cape after mounting complaints.
The oversight visit follows a day of protests calling for #JusticeForNamhla and #JusticeForHleHle. The protesters, made up of the ANC, EFF and community members, marched to the Mthatha police station. They were demanding answers after no suspects were arrested.
A running theme was an overall concern about policing emanating from the questionable service delivery of the station.
“The visit also comes at a time when Eastern Cape Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Nomthetheleli Mene ordered a manhunt for the murderer of Namhla Mtwa. She was shot and killed inside her car by an unknown suspect while she was arriving at her Sidwadwa based home in Mthatha,”says Themba.
35-year-old Namhla sustained gunshot wounds to her upper body and was declared dead at the scene.
“The brutal killing of Namhla has again shone the spotlight on gender-based violence and femicide GBV, a crime that remains a priority for the police,”says Themba.
NAMHLA MTWA PROTEST HIGHLIGHTS MTHATHA POLICE STATION PROBLEMS
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.
Mokonyane was speaking on the sidelines of Wednesday’s protest against GBV and calling for Namhla’s killers to be brought to justice.
“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.