16 April 2013
Government is disturbed, appalled and shocked by horrific and unacceptable acts of violence against an elderly woman, as reported by the Daily Sun newspaper.
The woman was reportedly beaten for allegedly shoplifting in Jane Furse, Sekhukhune District in Limpopo. A video clip that shows the incident has since been widely circulated on social media. Members of the public who witnessed the brutal incident or who can identify the perpetrators are urged to contact law enforcement officials.
Acting GCIS CEO, Phumla Williams, said “This is a criminal activity and we call on law enforcement agencies to investigate, arrest and prosecute those that are involved in this heinous crime. No person has the right to infringe the dignity of another, irrespective of the circumstances.”
Williams urged the public the refrain from spreading the video clip as it is disrespectful and infringes on the rights of the victim, her family and the community at large. “These acts perpetuate immorality and work against building a society where there is respect for human life and dignity.
South Africa is a democratic country with a Constitution that protects the rights of all that live in it.”
Government urges citizens to refrain from taking the law into their hands and rather report all incidents of crime to the police or relevant law enforcement agencies. “We call on all citizens to partner with government in creating safer and more secure communities. Government remains committed to ensuring that all South Africans feel and are safe,” said Williams.
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