Marching for justice

2019-07-11 06:01
Gugulethu residents march to Manenberg Police Station.PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA

Gugulethu residents march to Manenberg Police Station.PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA

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Gugulethu residents and representatives of various non-governmental organisations (NPOs) marched to the Manenberg Police Station on Friday 5 July last week to hand over their grievances on the “slow” pace of investigation on some murder cases.

The march was organised by Sonke Gender Justice to highlight the lack of justice in different murder cases, particularly Lesbians, Gays, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex community.

Among others, they wanted justice for the murders of Phumeza Nkolonzi, Sihle Sikoji and Thuthukile Mabaso. Nkolonzi was shot dead in Nyanga in June 2012, while Sikoji was stabbed to death in Kosovo in November 2012.

Mabaso was killed and her body was dumped on the railway tracks near Manenberg, in November last year.

Thuthukile’s brother, Siphumelele Mabaso said no one had been arrested in connection with the killing.

“I’m not happy with the police at all because nothing is being done. No one has been arrested for my sister’s murder,” he said. As the family, they want closure on the case and the only way for them to get closure will be to see someone getting arrested, he added.

Gugulethu resident Kenny July claimed their children get killed and nothing gets done by the police.

She said she joined march to say “enough is enough”.

“We are marching because this can happen to anyone even the police who are doing nothing can find themselves in the same position,” said July.

The memorandum was received by station commander Colonel Sanele Zama who acknowledged it. He said he will take the memo to the cluster commander and as the station, they will do all they can to help solve the cases.

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