Violence against women continues, with each crime becoming more and more violent. This is despite the start of 16 Days of Activism, which began on November 25 and will end on December 10.
On Sunday, December 1, 18-year-old Gomolemo Legae was stabbed over 25 times, before being doused with petrol and set alight.
The incident happened in Ramosadi village, Mahikeng in the North West, during the early hours of Sunday.
Police claim there is also a possibility that Legae was raped before she was brutally murdered.
According to Legae’s aunty, Gadifele Mashetla, Legae was found by a passerby, shortly after the stabbing. Mashetla claims her niece managed to tell the passerby who stabbed her, as she fought for her life. He quickly called the police and the ambulance.
He then apparently left her in the care of another man, in order to direct the ambulance to her location.
However, before the ambulance could arrive, the assailant returned and set teenager alight. It isn’t clear at this point of time whether the other man had left the young victim on her own, or if the perpetrator had returned and chased him away.
North West police spokesperson, Brigadier Sabata Mokgwabone, says the 19-year-old suspect was handed over to the police on Monday afternoon, December 2.
According to Brigadier Mokgwabone, the suspect will now appear in the Mmabatho Magistrate’s Court.
The alleged killer was apparently positively identified through CCTV footage at a nearby petrol station. In the very area where he allegedly purchased the petrol to set his victim alight.
Gomolemo Legae’s death comes two weeks after the brutal murder of Precious Ramabulana, who was stabbed 54 times while in her room.
With the brutal murders of Gomolemo Legaea and Precious Ramabulana, the Newcastillian asked members of the Newcastle public why they think women are often the victims of violent crimes. This is what they have to say:
“Men tend to think women are weaker and can’t fight back. I think steps need to be taken to make women stronger, so they can fight back.”
“I think the people who commit violent crimes against women, must come from abusive families themselves and are acting out on the anger inside them. No sane person would commit such horrid acts.”
“People tend to think women are more fragile and can’t defend themselves, while some men think they are more dominant. I think culprits of violent crimes should be put in jail and in cases such as this, the death penalty should be brought back.”
“Women are often seen as vulnerable and not as strong and powerful as men, as if they can’t fight back.”
With violent crimes against women proving to be problematic within South Africa, why do you think women are often the victims of violent crimes? What do you believe should be done to perpetrators? Share your views and thoughts with us in the comment section below.