Rasuge’s death must not be in vain: Mthethwa

2012-04-14 14:34

Women and children had the right to live in peace and the police had to fight hard to protect them, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa has said.

“How can we describe ourselves as proudly South African if we cannot act in defence of women, children, the elderly and the disabled?” Mthethwa asked.

He was addressing mourners at the funeral of murdered police constable Francis Rasuge in Hammanskraal today.

Rasuge’s remains were discovered by builders last month under the foundations of a building previously owned by her partner, William Nkuna.

Nkuna was convicted of her murder in 2005 even though her body hadn’t been found. Rasuge was given an official funeral at Temba Stadium in Hammanskraal which was attended by Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane and Gauteng MEC for community safety Faith Mazibuko.

In his address Mthethwa appealed to police to serve South Africa with dedication, humility and care in memory of the young constable. He pledged to honour her memory by waging war on people who abused women and children.

“To honour her life we must let her know that we will double our efforts for a safer South Africa for our children and women,” he said. “Through our actions she must be able to communicate this message with confidence to our ancestors.”

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