13 June 2013
Government has welcome the Johannesburg High Court ruling which found Vuledzani Ramulifho guilty of robbery, assault, and rape of 14 women in 2010. Acting Judge Naren Pandya sentenced the taxi-driver to the three life terms and 30 years in prison.
Acting GCIS CEO, Phumla Williams, said “We commend the judicial system and Judge Naren Pandya for his tireless effort and commitment to this case. The ruling in this case is a lesson to other perpetrators who commit crimes against children and women in particular, and sends a stringent message that criminal activities are not tolerated in this country, and law will always take its course.”
The scourge of women abuse and gender violence will never be allowed to define who we are and what we stand for as a country. The South African Police Service and the existing courts are empowered under the Domestic Violence Act, Sexual Offences Act and Children’s Act to arrest, prosecute and convict perpetrators of violence against women and children.
“As a society we can and must do more in defence of women and children, as this will define us as a society,” said Williams.
Government commends law enforcement agencies on their role in ensuring that the law takes its course. The Criminal Justice System will continue with its fight against crime. Government calls upon communities and the entire society take their rightful positions to fight against crime.
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