The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Limpopo is shocked and saddened by the abduction and murder of 2 prominent women from Polokwane last night.
Businesswoman Mrs Lizette Deacon and her mother Hettie’s bodies were found in Mrs Deacon’s vehicle on the R37 after an alleged violent abduction from their home in Welgelegen.
The investigation into the motive is ongoing.
Limpopo as a province recorded 8519 cases of crimes against women and 2807 crimes against children in the recently released crime statistics. This large number of cases takes serious crimes such as murder, sexual offences, attempted murder, Assault GBH and common assault into consideration.
During 2017/18 statistics indicate that murders on women and children in Limpopo contribute 23.6% of all murders committed. During this period 215 women and children were murdered.
The Democratic Alliance Women’s Network (DAWN) agrees with President Ramaphosa that gender based violence is a pandemic which requires urgent interventions.
It is quite clear that criminals see women as soft targets and increased intervention against crimes against women and children, is paramount for women and children to feel safe in their communities.
We urge all women to stay vigilant and to prioritise personal safety.
During August 2020 DAWN in Limpopo launched an online petition an awareness campaign in numerous towns across the province that marked Women’s Day and month in order to highlight the many challenges women face and the growing incidents of violence against women and children.
We are committed to submit the petition on a provincial and national level to ensure that the plight of women and children with reference to violence and crime is highlighted and addressed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Mrs Deacon and her mother during this extremely difficult time.
Desiree van der Walt / DA