Parliament, Monday, 23 May 2022 – The Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities, Ms Nonhlanhla Ncube-Ndaba, has condemned in the strongest terms the gender-based-violence (GBV) killing of six year-old Bontle Mashiyane of White River in Mpumalanga.

According to media reports, Bontle’s lifeless body was discovered in a thick bush about two kilometres from her home. She had been missing for three weeks. It was also reported in the media that suspects have been arrested in connection with the murder. One of the suspects is currently out on bail in a pending rape case, according to the police.

“The committee condemns this heinous and gruesome gender-based violence-related murder of this little girl. The GBV-related killing of women and children has reached unprecedented and shocking proportions. It characterises South Africa as an unsafe and death-trap place for women and children,” said Ms Ncube-Ndaba.

Ms Ncube-Ndaba has called on the people of White River and surrounding communities to assist the South African Police Service (SAPS) in uncovering the perpetrators of Bontle’s murder. She also appealed to the SAPS and other law enforcement agencies to use the available evidence well to arrest and successfully prosecute the killers. “They should rot in jail,” she said.

“We extend our heartfelt condolences to Bontle’s family. May her soul rest in eternal peace,” said Ms Ncube-Ndaba.

ISSUED BY THE PARLIAMENTARY COMMUNICATION SERVICES ON BEHALF OF THE CHAIRPERSON OF THE PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE ON WOMEN, YOUTH AND PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES, MS NONHLANHLA NCUBE-NDABA

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