- South Africa has been at the helm of gender-based violence and human trafficking crimes for years now
- The country's angry citizens are now asking what Police Minister Bheki Cele is going to do about it
- They took to Twitter to air frustration about how Cele was at the forefront of stopping alcohol usage during lockdown but is now absent during a greater struggle
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Fed-up SA citizens are calling on Police Minister to break his silence around the action he will be taking against the fierce wave of gender-based violence and human trafficking that seems to have gripped the country over the last few years.
Statistics have shown that every three hours in South Africa, a woman is killed. A fact that is not only appalling but also terrifying. Last year the entire country mourned the death of young UCT student Uyinene.
Tears had not even dried completely when there was news of other women killed by either their partners or people they didn't even know. Most recently actress Thandeka Mdeliswa was killed in her home by two men.
In the meant time Police Minister Bheki Cele has had a choke-hold on smokers and drinkers during the lockdown period, making certain that no one had access to or was able to sell the then-banned products.
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South Africans have now taken to Twitter to ask Bheki Cele to use the same amount of effort and determination to put an end to the senseless rape, abuse, and murders of innocent South African women.
They have also spoken out about the ongoing cases of human trafficking and child abductions. On Monday this week #WhereIsBhekiCele began trending as Mzansi wondered why the minister was so quiet when his country needed him the most.
Here are some of their tweets.
#CeleMustResign. ANC is afraid of Nigerian drug smugglers and human traffickers, #WhereIsBhekiCele Cele is quick in making noise about alcohol but silent about human trafficking. Cele is USELESS. He must just resign. #humantraffickingawareness"
"I think Bheki is busy drinking alcohol he collected from us during lockdown. #WhereIsBhekiCele"
"Guys, how about we tell Bheki Cele that there is illegal alcohol being sold in the human trafficking hotspots? Maybe just maybe he'd show up because that's the only thing he cares about clearly. God knows our Government is useless. #WhereIsBhekiCele"
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Briefly.co.za previously reported The United Kingdom government will be donating R50 million to South Africa's Covid-19 pandemic response.The foreign government will sign an agreement to provide £2.15 million to the nation's Solidarity Fund.
The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition issued a statement confirming Britain's intention to support SA's response to both gender-based violence, the economic empowerment of women and small to medium enterprises:
“These are areas that the UK has always been keen to support and which are important aspects of their Covid-19 response and recovery plans."
The donation will be part of two existing humanitarian response pillar projects focusing on GBV and farming. The project aims to assist mostly female-headed households and subsistence farmers from rural areas.
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