- To quote the president, SA is currently fighting two pandemics - Covid-19 and gender-based violence
- The nation is mourning a slew of new murders despite numerous calls for this war to end
- Briefly.co.za takes a look at just a few of the shocking incidents that made headlines on Friday
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Just days after President Cyril Ramaphosa called for the war on women to end in SA, a number of new murders have been reported.
Briefly.co.za reported that Ramaphosa had highlighted gender-based violence as a war the nation is fighting when he addressed SA on Wednesday.
In Orange Farm, Johannesburg a woman's body was discovered by passers-by in a stream, the victim is believed to be in her 30s.
SAPS spokesperson Captain Kay Makhubele revealed that the woman appeared to have been stabbed:
"The passers-by called the police when they noticed the body of a woman in a stream in a residential area next to the Golden Highway. On arrival, police found that she had been stabbed. We are calling on anyone who might have reported a missing person to come forward to assist us with the investigation."
Another incident in Johannesburg left a family shattered after a mother and son were discovered in a maize field.
Noqayisa Tshwane and her son Jefferson Johnson were found dead after leaving home to visit a motor mechanic in Daveyton.
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Noeleen Johnson, who is devastated, explained that a mechanic known only as Moses had been asked to repair a truck:
“My mother had a contract in Emalahleni where she was supplying coal. It happened that the contract came to an end and the truck was no longer active. She then decided to take it for repairs to this mechanic in Daveyton and it also made sense for storage purposes."
Her brother had visited the mechanic previously and discovered parts had gone missing. During her last conversation with her mother, Noeleen learnt that the situation had soured:
“While they were at the mechanic’s place I spoke to my mother over the phone and she told me that Moses (the mechanic) was giving them a run-around. In the background, I heard the mechanic saying that he is taking them to where the truck is."
IOL reports that SAPS spokesperson Sergeant Raider Ubisi had received a tip-off as to the location of the bodies:
“We have been told about the person in question. However, at this stage it's still a sensitive matter and I cannot share anything with the public."
News24 reports that a 32-year-old man has been arrested after raping a 74-year-old blind woman in the Northern Cape.
Lieutenant-General Risimati Shivuri applauded the police for ensuring a swift arrest:
"Crimes against women and children, particularly the elderly, cannot be tolerated and no effort will be spared in ensuring that the perpetrators are harshly dealt with in terms of the law."
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