Zuma condemns orphans' murder

2012-08-20 19:11

Johannesburg - The killing of two boys and a girl in Limpopo was a violation of human rights, the presidency said on Monday.

"Such outrageous and inhumane action against defenceless children is a gross violation of the right to human life as enshrined in the Constitution," President Jacob Zuma said in a statement.

He was reacting to the stoning to death of three orphans in Limpopo.

Bafana Kekana, nine, Hosea Richard Kekana, 10, and Johana Kekana, 12, were last seen on Wednesday at the Dikobo Primary School during a march to demand more teachers.

Their bodies were found on Saturday. Their hands and feet had been tied with shoelaces. The girl had been raped before being killed.

Zuma said: "I am deeply dismayed by this heartless and inexplicable cruelty on children."

He urged police to find those responsible for the killings so they could face the might of the law.

Women and Children Minister Lulu Xingwana said: "There are murderers on the loose. For as long as they are still roaming our streets, our children are not safe."

Limpopo Safety and Security MEC Florence Radzilani said the police had been instructed to leave no stone unturned in the investigation.

  • squeegee.pilot - 2012-08-20 19:20

    Finally. Took two days for the runner to get the message to Zipper.

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-08-20 20:30

      @Leonardb1 - the really short answer is that someone was expecting someone else to do something. There's this "not my job" syndrome. I write policy, someone else (Mr Nobody) implements it. Failed audit reports year-after-year (the yaya syndrome) no-one gets fired, sanctioned or remotely held accountable. In this year alone, we citizens have had to take the govt to court to get them to do the simplest things. And even then, they simply ignore the court order. Still we hear the eternal cry "the private sector, citizens, must do this that and the other. We've done our job (ha ha) so any problems you're experiencing now must be your fault". Then in 2014 we will again be told "Vote now, WE will solve the problems later". They always forget to clarify that "we" really means the rest of us. We no longer have a government. We have an adversarial system

  • tw2066 - 2012-08-20 19:24

    Eish - Sick society. Who would something like this? That poor kid in Delmas, now this .... Lets hope that if and when they are brought to justice these murderers get a REAL sentence and are not let out on amnesty or medical parole as is common these days!

  • neville.chamberlain.509 - 2012-08-20 19:26

    Errr, Showa and what about the dozens, nay hundreds, of other children that is killed and abandoned in the most vile manner every day? What about their rights? Let me guess, this one is newsworthy so you comment and condemn but remain silent on the rest of the abhorrent deaths. Opportunist jerk.

  • - 2012-08-20 19:31

    Ok, now how about doing the same for farm murders?

  • henk.vanrensburg.31 - 2012-08-20 19:39

    And the person(s) who did this will have access to the best human right lawyers that money can buy.... Time for the death penalty shower head!

  • lacrimose.wolf - 2012-08-20 19:45

    Well it's nice you finally have something to say about violent crime in our country. Read the caption above your own photo "we can do more". The malfeasance of your entire organisation, is the real cause because you always, always fail to do anything at all. From how these children became orphaned in the first place all the way through to the creation of monsters who ended their short, sad lives, you are responsible. You guys have lived far too long in your ivory towers with your policies and procedures and rules and guidelines and investigations and commissions. None of it has altered the horror most still endure. In fact the nightmare worsens daily. So please take your cute soundbites and come back when something is DONE.

      brendaninsa - 2012-08-20 19:55


  • drummond.doig1 - 2012-08-20 19:46

    Would be embarrasing if the person/s who did this were the beneficiaries of Zumas recent " get out of jail free" decree.

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-08-20 20:02

      Bemusement, not embarrassment. They look over the top of their bi-focals and say "but what's the problem, we have a law for this? The police must do their jobs, the courts must do their jobs". The Grand Canyon is getting ANYONE at all, to do their jobs. That's the Great Hole in their whole system. ACCOUNTABILITY

  • charmaine.paterson1 - 2012-08-20 19:50

    Here's the thing Mr Prez: these children were marching for TEACHERS!!!! I wish you and that useless Education minister had a conscience. You are the cause of these children's death. When the police act against armed strikers, you call a week of mourning for the dead strikers, the ten other people killed by the strikers a week earlier, ignored. Haai shame, really.

  • brettcch - 2012-08-20 20:01

    Er, yes. Murder is, one could argue, a rather serious onslaught on one's human rights.

      louis.langenhoven - 2012-08-20 20:23

      if the prez didn't say it I mightv'e missed it...

  • andre.vandeventer.16 - 2012-08-20 20:03

    Strange that he has never been dismayed at all the Whites being killed in die country. Perhaps that has his blessing! - 2012-08-20 20:09

      Why do your hatred and idiocy run so deep? This is about some orphaned, defenseless children. You surely lack the humanity to empathize and the maturity to know when to pass a comment relevant to what is to hand.

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-08-20 20:34

      Because these have been brusquely dismissed as "economic crimes" and so just fall into the great basket of crime which is now our (very) Gross Domestic Product. So the message is that any 'economic crime' is quite acceptable. The irony is that *every* crime has economic roots - right down to the failure of the mental health system

      Johan De Beer - 2012-08-20 21:36

      Tsk tsk. Not the right place for this sort of comment swaer.

  • alaina.nel.12 - 2012-08-20 20:21

    Zuma,you are the reason for every murder,rape and hijack in this country.Why don't you go and let us south african's find peace and rest again.

  • ernest.lwandle - 2012-08-20 20:33

    zuma can u please condem your self next time and i persornally thik that will not only benefit the country but yourself aswell

  • Johan De Beer - 2012-08-20 21:40

    Stoning is already terrible enough. To do that to children is unthinkable. Let us as a society forget politics, race and classism on issues such as these. Surely we all feel the same about this? The same goes for the Delmas murder as well.

      keneilwe.ramokoka - 2012-08-25 13:34

      True Johan, this is sick. How can people do such a thing. What happened to the morality of this nation. The person who will fix this society has a lot of job to do, I wonder who is really qualified for such a huge task.

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