‘No more child deaths’

2017-05-11 06:03
Sanco and local young children marched to the Khayelitsha Magistrate Court to oppose bail for four men accused of killing Iyapha Yamile. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

Sanco and local young children marched to the Khayelitsha Magistrate Court to oppose bail for four men accused of killing Iyapha Yamile. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

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The South African National Civic Organisation has said it is vehemently opposed to the granting of bail to four suspects accused of killing a four year old minor.

Members of Sanco marched to the Khayelitsha Magistrate Court in a bid to show their disdain, in case the men were released on bail.

One of the four accused is reportedly a friend of the father of Iyapha Yamile (4), who’s body was found dead not far from her home, after she had gone missing for a day..

Sanco mobilised its members and other community organisations to demonstrate against the suspected killers .

They also handed out a memorandum to the court pleading that the men must not be let loose in the community again.

Sanco Khayelitsha Chairperson Connie August said that this was their stand against the abuse and violence meted out to women and children in the area.

“Today we oppose bail in a bid to stop these men from returning to our community. We will not be stopping at just opposing bail, but we will now work with other community stakeholders to fight violence in our neighbourhoods,” said August.

She went on to reveal their plans to counter substance abuse about which she blamed for the recent child killings.

This week another Khayelitsha man was arrested for allegedly raping and killing his 14 month baby.

“We are really struggling with the use of tik in our communities and we have devised a plan of action where we will be targeting Tik houses. We will raid them and make sure they do not flourish in Khayelitsha,” she said. She said that she believed that perpetrators must be under some form of influence and they are going to intervene.

“Drugs and Satanism, this is what is griping these people. One of our activities would be organising a prayer meeting. We also need to be very firm against drugs,” she said.

Sam Ndzunga, the Sanco provincial chairperson, invited residents to be more proactive, to get involved in such campaigns and not wait until an incident happens.

“We need residents to get involved in child safety way before we have an incident so that we can protect them.

We are going to include them in our programs as well so that this can be a joint effort,” he said.

The Khayelitsha Development Forum also supported the motion by Sanco and said that there must be action taken by the government to fight the drug scourge.

“There really needs to be an effort by the three spheres of government to set up a drug rehabilitation centre in Khayelitsha. We are here to oppose the bail for these suspects,” said KDF chairman Ndithini Tyhido.

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