ANCWL condemns E cape wife killings

2011-02-16 17:41

Bloemfontein - The actions of an Eastern Cape man who reportedly killed his two wives by stabbing and clubbing them was on Wednesday severely criticised by the African National Congress Women's League.

"The ANCWL condemns in the harshest possible terms the senseless and brutal killing of wives by a man at Chalumna Village," said Edna Molewa, ANCWL spokesperson, in a statement.

The women's organisation was worried by what it said was the sudden surge in the number of brutal domestic violence cases in some rural parts of the country.

It demonstrated that the awareness programmes put in place by government and civil society had not yet reached these areas, said Molewa.

A 47-year old man was arrested by police on Tuesday in the village near East London in connection with the brutal deaths.

Police said neighbours, concerned at the screaming and crying from the man's rondavel, had alerted police.

When officers arrived at the house the man was standing outside. The women, aged 42 and 47 years, were found dead inside.

Police took possession of a knife and a knobkerrie.