Twisting the truth

2011-04-16 12:43

Piet Rampedi’s article, The murder of innocents (City Press, April 10 2011), on the recent cases of ritual murder in Limpopo is at best misleading and at worst a deliberate twisting of the truth to cast aspersions on the province and its institutions.

The article has no factual basis to project Limpopo as a province where the innocent are ritually murdered with impunity.

Communities in Limpopo, according to Rampedi, are living in fear because perpetrators of ritual murders have again­ ­unleashed a reign of terror in the province.

In November 2006, the Limpopo government convened a Ritual ­Killings and Missing Persons Summit in response to the spate of ritual murder incidents, particularly in the Vhembe district.

Immediately, the Department of Safety and Security and other stakeholders went to work on the implementation of the resolutions. As a result, for four years the reported incidents of ritual murder dropped to
almost zero.

The resolutions that Rampedi claims the police and legislators seem ­unable to implement are an integral part of the department’s yearly performance and strategic plans.

It stands to reason that there is no ­escaping the implementation of these resolutions.

The cases Rampedi cited do not constitute communities living in fear. We treat every incident of crime seriously.

Rampedi has outdone himself in projecting Limpopo as a province whose citizens are about to flee into neighbouring Zimbabwe because of the reign of terror unleashed upon them.

The situation regarding the two incidents of ritual murder is under control.

There is peace and calm in the areas involved. A task team of crack detectives has been set up in the Malamule precinct where the incidents occurred.

I spoke with Rampedi at length and revealed some of these facts to him, but they didn’t fit into his frame of vilifying and casting aspersions on the province and its leadership.

Madam Editor, you deemed it right to publish these distortions. So much for your pursuit of fair and accurate reporting. With this type of reporting, reaching 100% accuracy and fairness may remain a foreign country in the City Press newsroom.

– Masedi is the Media liaison officer for the MEC for Safety, Security and Liaison, Limpopo

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