A man out on bail kills wife

By Drum Digital
01 December 2013

Justice was too late for a woman allegedly murdered by her husband, who was out on bail for the murder of her colleague, North West premier Thandi Modise said on Sunday.

"Although we respect the independence of our courts and their rulings, we cannot help but say that in our view the justice system might have failed," Modise said in a statement.

"Cry out loud louder throughout the 16 days of activism on no violence against women and children that enough is enough."

Police spokesman Sergeant Kealeboga Molale said Bonang Kgakatsi, a 27-year-old mother of three of Mahlatsi Marwana section near Lefaragatlhe, was last seen with the 33-year-old man on the R510 Tsitsing road.

It was believed that an argument broke out between Kgakatsi and her husband, with Kgakatsi running from the car after it stopped.

The man then ran after Kgakatsi and stabbed her nine times in the chest. He was allegedly pressing her to drop the pending murder case against him, defying court restrictions by doing so.

Modise asked: "How many more women should be brutally murdered and children left without mothers before we are heard on our call for no bail for perpetrators of gender-based violence?"

The premier said escalating incidents of gender-based violence demanded united action to prevent brutality against women. One death of a woman at the hands of an abuser was a death too many.

Women who were in abusive relationships should not die in silence but rather speak out before it was too late.

The man was expected to appear in the Tlhabane Magistrate's Court on Monday.

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