A spate of brutal rapes and heinous murders in South Africa has left citizens reeling with shock and horror with the most recent being a heartbroken mother who found her four children hanged in Wyebank while a University of Cape Town student was raped and bludgeoned to death.
In Pietermaritzburg, a mother of one was brutalised and murdered by her husband at their home, after which he fled and was found hanged in a Durban lodge with a suicide note.
South Africa has been trending globally with the hashtags #AmINext and #EnoughIsEnough after the reports of the gruesome rapes and murders against women and children across the country, in recent weeks.
Isipingo SAPS communications officer, Captain David Ragavan, said there have been tragic and bloody incidents on our doorstep in Isipingo, recently, where a baby was stabbed by an aggrieved man known to his mother.
“A mother and her one-year-old baby were sleeping in their Orient Road home near the Pilgrim Informal Settlement in Isipingo, when the man entered the premises by breaking down the door. He stabbed the sleeping child on the neck and face and also stabbed the mother,” said Ragavan. The child was rushed to hospital for immediate medical care and is reported to be in a stable condition.
“Through great investigative work, the suspect was arrested and has been charged with attempted murder,” Ragavan said.
In a second grisly incident, a woman was shot and killed at her Malukazi residence, recently.
“Isipingo SAPS received a complaint of a body. The police members responded to the crime scene where the body was covered with a blanket. The woman sustained a gunshot wound to the face. “A family member informed police that the man responsible for the shooting is the victim’s former boyfriend. A suspect was arrested and a homemade firearm was recovered by police. A case of murder is under investigation,” said Ragavan. “We commend the members for the swift arrests and meticulous investigations in both cases. We urge the community to break the silence on violence and abuse and work with police to empower community members and ensure that perpetrators of such atrocious crimes are dealt with according to the law,” Ragavan added.