Gender violence outcry

2016-04-12 06:00
Supporters of Franziska Blochliger sang and danced outside the Wynberg Magistrate's court where they came to oppoe bail for her accusers PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

Supporters of Franziska Blochliger sang and danced outside the Wynberg Magistrate's court where they came to oppoe bail for her accusers PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

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Support continues to pour in for the family of 16-year-old teenager Franziska Blochliger, who was allegedly raped and murdered in the Tokai Forest last month.

Dressed in pink T-shirts to show their support, these women insist the accused shouldn’t get bail.

They stated they have had “enough of gender based violence and murder”and it has become time that they take a stand.

Activist Siwe Coka says it’s time women stood together and started doing something about their own challenges.

“We will continue to support the family. Today I’m supporting Franziska’s family because we have realised gender-based violence is everywhere. It knows no race or township, so we need to fight that scourge. Now we need to stand together. This is a very serious issue.”

She believes it is time women came together in sweeping clean their communities to aviod such crimes happening again.

“What I have noticed is that at the centre of all these murders is drugs. We are not talking about dealers because this is a lucrative thing; we are talking about how we are going into communities and tackle the market. We don’t want drugs in our communities anymore. This is a terrible ordeal that makes us lose our children. We need to eradicate it.

“Now is the time to strengthen our role as citizens and as women. We can’t sit and watch while our children deteriorate. We can’t sit back when our children are turned into zombies. We can’t wait for the government or the police to do it for us. We need to be a force to be reckoned with.”

A large number of people where at the court whilst others waited outside as the four men charged with the robbery, rape and murder of Blochliger appeared in the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court last Tuesday. The four were expected to apply for bail but the case was postponed to Thursday 28 April as three of the accused didn’t have their DNA results ready to continue with their bail application.

One of the accused abandoned his bail application, telling Magistrate Hafiza Mohamed that it was for safety reasons.

Disappointed with the outcome of the day, Blochliger’s supporters say they will not be moved. “We will continue to come here and show our support. They shouldn’t get bail and they should be locked up. We will not continue to be let down. Cases are not getting the priority or the urgency that they deserve. We need to take a stand and tell the justice system we need a fast track of issues and for them to be prioritised.”

After the funeral of Blochliger the family said they were leaving the country for a while, hoping to find inner peace after the tragedy.

The accused will remain in custody at Pollsmoor Prison until their next appearance.

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