Hundreds of women from Du Noon – many of them carrying young children – marched about seven kilometers to the Milnerton Police station on Tuesday morning to protest against lawlessness in their township.
There were no men in attendance.
The protest was sparked by the most recent rape and murder of a 34-year-old woman on May 30.
At the Police Station, protest organiser Messie Makuwa said about 300 hundred women had gathered in the township at 8.30am and at 10 they started walking along Koeberg Road to the police station to hand over a memorandum of grievances.
Among other things, the memorandum demanded that more police officers be deployed to patrol Du Noon and that a police station be set up in the township.
“We are fed up of women dying in Du Noon. Seven women have been killed in Du Noon and 22 raped within a period of six months,” said Makuwa, who is a mother of six children.
She said women were “frustrated” and scared of living in their own homes.
Fellow resident Mavis Matomera said last Monday (May 30) a woman was savagely stabbed to death after being raped.
“We are very upset. Because of the killings we marched from Du Noon to Milnerton Police. Police don’t work in Du Noon. We want a Police station to be near us,” said Matomera.
Mother of two young children aged two and five, Geraldine Links, 24, said women were being killed in “broad day light”.
Links said they were demanding that more uniformed police officers be deployed to the township.
She said thieves committed their crimes in broad daylight and parents could no longer even send their children to the closest spaza shop to buy bread as thieves robbed them of their money and groceries.
Milnerton Police station spokesperson Daphne Dell said the community’s outrage was sparked by the brutal murder of Andiswa Thwala on Monday last week. Thwala was found by her husband when he returned home. She was lying in a pool of blood, naked from the waist down.
Dell said the women also expressed their outrage over the rape and murder of a girl late last year.
The girl was 16-year-old Ligia Hendricks, whose body was found dumped in an alleyway between shacks on November 27, the first weekend after the start of the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children.
Western Cape Police Provincial spokesperson Captain Frederick Van Wyk said the women had handed over a memorandum of grievances to Milnerton Police station commander Brigadier Marius Stander.
“We took note of the grievances of the community of Du Noon. The memorandum was handed to the station commander and will be forwarded to relevant people. It’s going to go to provincial and national police,” said Van Wyk. — Peter Luhanga.