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Community against killings

The community of Overhills informal settlement in Kleinmond staged a peaceful protest against crime last week.

Jennifer Geguka said the community decided to march to the local police station to hand over a petition after a local woman was allegedly stabbed to death during an argument with her boyfriend. “We handed over a petition demanding that the accused not return to Kleinmond,” she said. “If he receives bail, he must go somewhere else, because we don’t want him back in our community.

“This wasn’t the first time something like this happened in our community. We want to show criminals that crime won’t be tolerated in Kleinmond.”

Geguka says the community is in uproar as they feel Thandokazi Lamathi’s Zimbabwean boyfriend not only disrespected her by robbing her of her life, but also disrespected the community and the country’s laws.

Warrant Officer Martin Mostert, spokesperson for the Kleinmond Police, confirmed the murder took place on Saturday 5 September at approximately 06:05 in Overhills.

Mike Mutede was arrested a short while later and appeared in the Caledon Magistrates’ Court on Monday 7 September on a charge of murder.

Members of the community also had a peaceful protest at the Caledon Magistrates’ Court on Monday 14 September when Mutede made his second court appearance.

The case was postponed to 23 September for further investigation.

Kleinmond police are also investigating a case of attempted murder in connection with an attack on Saturday 5 September at 17:45, which left a woman seriously injured.

Mostert confirmed the woman and her partner were involved in a domestic dispute when she was injured. The suspect appeared in the Caledon Magistrates’ Court on Monday 7 September.

DA councillor Charmaine Resandt described the recent spate of attacks on women in the Overstrand as “absolutely atrocious”.

She added parents and the authorities have a big role to play in curbing GBV.

“It starts at home. Parents should teach their children about respect and the value of life.

“The authorities should also do more to protect women. Women are failed by our justice system and the authorities every day.

“The laws of this country need to be upheld and enacted to protect the citizens of this country.”

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