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Government congratulates prosecutors in Rohde case

01 March 2019

1 March 2019

Government congratulates investigators and prosecutors and all those who worked on securing yet another victory in the fight against Gender-Based-Violence with the conviction and subsequent sentencing of convicted murderer Jason Rohde in the Western Cape High Court on Wednesday.

Rohde was handed 18 years for the murder of his wife Susan at the Spier Estate in July 2016, and five years for obstructing the course of justice.

The country is battling with incidents of gender-based violence on a daily basis.

Government is encouraged to see perpetrators of these crimes receive harsh sentences and the nation cannot rest until there is an end to the senseless abuse and killing of women in the country.

Government hopes that Rohde’s sentence will serve as deterrent to all those who continue to abuse women.

Government is committing resources in programmes that are aimed to intensify and accelerate efforts to achieve the elimination of all forms of violence against women and children. These includes the Gender-Based-Violence Command Centres as well as the Victim Empowerment Programme that look after the needs of gender-based violence victims.

Phumla Williams 
Cell: 083 501 0139

Issued by Government Communication and Information System

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