Media release

Government welcomes Mpoku sentencing

07 August 2015

7 August 2015

Government welcomes the palm ridge high court sentencing of Nathaniel Mpoku for the kidnap and murder of 3-year-old Cuburne van Wyk.

Mpoku was sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering van Wyk and a further 10 years for kidnapping. The sentences will run concurrently.

Acting Cabinet Spokesperson, Phumla Williams, said: “Government is satisfied that justice has been served for Cuburne.  Government has adopted a zero-tolerance approach towards child abuse and will continue to safeguard and protect children from violence, exploitation and abuse.”

The Constitution protects children through the law enforcement agencies which are at the forefront in ensuring the safety of children. Several mechanisms put in place by government to deal with crimes against children include, amongst others, the training of police on issues of sexual violence to improve investigations, prosecutions and victim support. Currently, there are 919 Victim Friendly Facilities rendering victim support services that are located in police stations countrywide.

“Communities are encouraged to work with law enforcement agencies and the judicial system to ensure that perpetrators of crimes against children are brought to book.  The old adage says it takes a village to raise a child, therefore, the onus is on every South African to play their part. Children are also advised to report such incidents to parents, teachers, or any person that they trust. Children can also call Childline on 08 000 55 555,” said Williams.

Phumla Williams
Cell: 083 501 0139

Issued by: Government Communication and Information System (GCIS)

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