‘Give shame to women abusers’

2011-01-21 00:00

UGU District deputy mayor and chairperson of the African National Congress Women’s League (ANCWL) on the south coast Cynthia Mqwebu has applauded the hefty sentence received by serial killer Thozamile Taki.

She called on men to play their part to prevent such violent crimes and any form of gender abuse in society.

“As women, we are playing our part, but we need the help of our men,” Mqwebu pleaded.

“We need them to give shame to those still doing these things and show them that a proper man does not act like this.”

Taki was sentenced on Wednesday to 13 life sentences and 208 years in prison for the robberies and murders he committed in Umzinto and Port St John’s in 2007.

“I would like to thank Judge King Ndlovu for the sentence; it shows others still abusing women that there is justice somewhere along the line,” stated Mqwebu.

“I would also like to thank the police for the outstanding work that they did in this case, which lasted for over three years; they are the types of police workers who are worthy of promotions.”

Mqwebu had attended a number of Taki’s court appearances along with other members of the ANCWL who showed their continuous support towards seeing that the “sugarcane killer” received maximum punishment. Mqwebu recalled that, from what she had seen in court, Taki “showed no remorse for what he had done.”

Mqwebu further thanked all of the women, not only those from the ANCWL, who had voiced their intent to see Taki receive a maximum sentence during the trial.

“We had women from all races and backgrounds at the court singing the same song; we were united as women,” she said.

“Even his [Taki’s] girlfriend eventually took a stand for women by telling the truth.”

While satisfied by the sentence, Mqwebu acknowledged that the families of the victims were still left in a difficult position.

“We are with them and we understand the suffering that they are going through,” Mqwebu said.

The deputy mayor also thanked all forms of media for the role they had played in highlighting the seriousness of the trial.

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