01 November 2013
Government welcomes the Swellendam Circuit Court’s double-life sentencing of Johannes Kana who was found guilty of the murder and rape of Bredarsdorp teenager, Anene Booysen early this year.
Acting GCIS CEO, Phumla Williams, said, “We commend the law enforcement agencies and the justice system for rapidly turning the wheels of justice. This sentencing clearly demonstrates that government will not tolerate such vile criminal acts and remains committed to ensuring that all South Africans feel and are safe.”
South Africans must reflect on the real impact of gender-based violence. These include direct costs relating to health care, judicial, social and other related services. Gender-based violence also deprives women and children of the opportunity to become productive citizens of the country.
Government calls on all citizens to jointly take responsibility and action to protect our children, and bring back the values of respect for human dignity, which is one of the bases of our democracy,” said Williams.
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