Community stands up for murdered woman Family’s nightmare after woman stabbed to death by husband

2015-12-08 06:00
The victim Thulisile Lembede Photo: supplied

The victim Thulisile Lembede Photo: supplied

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“THE sound of his mother screaming for help will never be erased from his mind.”

These were the words of Dolly Hadebe, a family spokesperson for the Lembede family whose daughter Thulisile Lembede (32), was recently stabbed to death by her husband Baxolele Majola, while their seven-year-old son was in their house in Clermont.

The community and various organisations marched outside the Pinetown Magistrate’s Court last week in support of the dead woman.

One of the protesters, who wished to remain anonymous said: “We stood up for all the women in South Africa. To others it might be just another case, just another statistic, but to us we lost a daughter, a sister, a mother and a dear friend.

“He retracted his request for bail. We thank you all for the support, your presence, your time and prayers. We know a lot of people were with us in spirit. We felt it and it kept us going. We hope this will be an eye-opener for those who do not see a problem with this action and encourage a spirit of togetherness to fight against the abuse of our sisters and also for sisters to never remain in abusive relationships.” Another anonymous protester said: “This is it. It felt like we’re going to her funeral once again. People gathered because of her, only this time we will not see her.

We will be standing up for her and for all other women who have to lose their lives. For all those times they cried, for the pain they felt. For that last breath they took. We will stand together as South Africans in honour and in memory of Thulisile Lembede. We will never forget. We do not want to forget. We will not be silent.

“We live in a society that wants to crucify and oppress women at all cost. The number one perpetrators of this are mostly women themselves.

“ I'm not leaving the males behind, but I feel we should be standing together to fight this.

“People have been asking us questions which are sickening, trying to justify Thuli’s death. She is not the first, and with this kind of mentality, will not be the last. More women will be murdered at the hands of their husbands or lovers unless we change our thinking.”

KwaZulu-Natal SAPS communication officer Major Thulani Zwane said: “A case of murder was opened at KwaDabeka Police Station.

“The suspect was arrested and appeared in the Pinetown Magistrate’s Court on Monday 30 November and has been remanded in custody until Wednesday 27 January, 2016.”

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