ANC Gauteng Legislature
Dismay as teenage girl mutilated body is found in Soweto

Dismay as teenage girl mutilated body is found in Soweto

26 March 2013

African National Congress (ANC) Gauteng Provincial Legislature today reacted with shock and fury at the murder of a teenage girl whose mutilated body was found dumped in a veld in Naturena, Soweto, south of Johannesburg at the weekend.

Thandeka Madonsela (14), a grade 9 pupil at Rand Girls High School in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, is said to be an orphan who lived with a grandmother. She is believed to have disappeared sometimes on Friday night apparently attending a night vigil with friends. Preliminary indications are that, she may have been murdered in the early hours of Saturday morning. According to residents in the area, a teenage boy who is said to have been with the victim at the time of the attack, and a possible witness to the attack, is being questioned by the police.

ANC MPL in charge of the Provincial Constituency Office (PCO) in the area Sakhiwe Khumalo said the ruling party was dismayed by the attack as this flies in the face of the will of the people of Gauteng to deal with the scourge of the abuse of women and children.

"This dastardly deed comes barely a week after we had called on all men in the province to show their opposition to gender violence by joining us to picket outside the legislature building. This cowardice can only mean we should intensify our efforts and the resolve to deal with this afflict once and for all, Khumalo said.

He said the ANC has tabled of a motion in the Legislature that will seek to find lasting solutions to the attack on women and children. He said the ruling party will now fast track a programmed at all its PCOs for a province wide consultation with the women and children`s rights Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO`s) in to work with the legislature to find society wide and lasting solutions to violence against women and children.

"We plead with those tasked the responsibility of ensuring our safety to do all they can to ensure that the perpetrators are brought to book. Our own team will be visiting the family to send our condolences," said Khumalo.

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