Diepsloot: ANCYL wants life sentences for all who rape or kill children

2013-10-18 14:24

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The ANC Youth League has submitted a memorandum of demands to the management of the Diepsloot Police Station, including that people who rape or kill children should get life sentences.

The league’s national convenor, Mzwandile Masina, read the memorandum to more than 20 000 people who had gathered outside the police station.

The memorandum demanded:

» That the five men arrested in connection with the death of toddlers Yonalisa and Zandile Mali early this week be denied bail;

» That the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development deal decisively with the case and deliver swift justice; and

» That life sentences be imposed on people who rape or kill children.

Masina said South Africans were tired of witnessing young children’s lives being cut short in the most inhumane ways by cruel criminals.

“What has happened to those children here in Diepsloot has touched the soul of our society in the most negative manner and has prompted us to take action. If we allow these incidents of abuse, rape and murder against children to continue, we would have failed to create a society that all of us could be proud of.

“When we protect young people we are protecting the future of the country because without them there is no future.”

Masina commended the police for arresting all five suspects in a short space of time. He added what had happened proves safety and security in the country was in a bad state.

“The South African Police Service needs to increase its presence in these communities and establish effective community policing forums.”

Diepsloot station commander Amos Balatse acknowledged crime was a serious issue in the area. He pleaded with community members to work with the police and community policing forums.

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