Nun’s murder shows decline of morals - MEC

2015-04-22 16:04
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Pietermaritzburg - The rape, robbery and murder of an elderly Roman Catholic nun in Ixopo at the weekend represented the “worst form of the decline of morals”, KwaZulu-Natal Social Development MEC Weziwe Thusi said on Wednesday.

In a statement, Thusi expressed shock and dismay after the body of Gertrud Tiefenbacher, 87, was found in her room in the convent, still clutching her rosary.

She had been gagged and bound with a typewriter cable at the Sacred Heart Missionary.

“It is urgent to bring morals and respect at the centre of our families and the society. What has happened to the nun and many other elderly women in the recent past is the worst thing a woman can experience and we all have to confront and defeat it by isolating those who do it and also educate the society about morals and values,” she said.

“We are facing a serious challenge that we have to deal with as a matter of urgency. The fact that we defeated racial oppression, that had been cemented and institutionalised for years in this country, means that we can also deal with this physical and psychological terror against our women.

“It has been proven that alcohol and drug abuse are one of the things that fuel these incidents. Campaigns against drug and alcohol abuse should be intensified,” Thusi added.

She pleaded with the community to provide the police with any information that could lead to the arrest of the perpetrator.

“No stone will be left unturned in the Criminal Justice System to bring the perpetrator to book. We need to stand together as communities and continue to fight against this scourge of people who prey on the vulnerable.”

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