RE: The Brutal Murder of Simphiwe Sibeko In Aurora Girls High Johannesburg South Africa
Receive revolutionary greeting from the gigantic students’ movement in Africa, hoping the media statement finds you in good health as we’re under the global pandemic attack of COVID-19. Hoping we are adhering to the orders given by the government.
However, we write this in pure disgust and disappointed that in the period of “Lockdown” that we’re facing we saw the scourge of Gender-Based Violence and Femicide rapidly increased by 87000 cases reported in the past days of lockdown.
It is also with great sadness to inform about the brutal murder of Simphiwe Sibeko a young vibrant grade nine (9) learner of Aurora Girls High situated in Johannesburg.
It is alleged that the learner went to a local shop on Thursday 02 April 2020 in Dobsonville, and on her return home she realized she had forgotten some of the items, she then went back to the shop and Unfortunately, she never returned home.
The family went on a search and they could not find her she was then subsequently reported missing at the local Police Station. Sadly, the learner was found on Friday 03 April 2020 raped and brutally murdered in a bush in Mndeni Soweto
It is very devastating how women and children continue to live in fear and danger at the hands of men. What nation have we become where men who were supposed to be protectors of society have become its perpetrators. Good men must stand up in the fight against GBV and Femicide.
As the leading Student Organization in South Africa, we are calling on The Minister of Police Mr Bheki Cele and The Chief Justice of SA Mogoeng Mogoeng to act on this matter to find justice for Simphiwe. It can’t be correct that the learner was raped and murdered during a period where the CIC of the country has instructed that all law enforcement that have been sent in our communities, we call on the Minister to intervene. Our women continue to die even under the watch of our police.
We call upon the Chief Justice to make sure that justice is served for Simphiwe Sibeko. She was the future of this country; we can’t continue to lose children and women at the hands of men, but we live in a democratic country where is the democracy if some live-in fear of other citizens. The Chief Justice must know that we won’t remind him of his duties, he must do what is in his criteria.
We hope justice will be served!!!
Issued by the Congress of South African Students National office
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