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Premier Masualle condemns brutal killing of three women in Centane

By Yolanda Palezweni - Sep 7, 2017
Premier Masualle condemns brutal killing of three women in Centane

Eastern Cape Premier, Phumulo Masualle, on Wednesday reacted with shock to the premeditated murder of three women in Ngunduza, Kwetshe AA, in Centane, in the Amathole District Municipality on Tuesday night.

It is alleged that at approximately 21h00 on Tuesday night, two unknown men arrived at a house where they shot and killed a 48 year-old woman, the incident was witnessed by the deceased’s 23 year-old son.

“From there the suspects went to another house approximately 800 meters away, where they shot and killed a 60-year-old woman and 45-year-old woman execution style.  All the deceased died at the scene, the women are not related,” said Provincial Government spokesperson, Sonwabo Mbananga.

He added that, Premier Masualle has condemned the continuing spate of killings against women and children in the province and across the country.

“As we come out of an intensive months-long series of community engagements across the length and breadth of our province, in which we have been driving the message of NO TO VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND CHILDREN, which we capped with an equally intensive Women’s Month program-of-action, it cannot be that we still see such heinous crimes being perpetrated in our midst,”, said Premier Masualle.

“I must declare here and now that the focus on the high level of contact crimes including crimes against women and children in our province, are going to receive the continued focus of government, as we all strive to eradicate crime and criminality from among our communities.

‘’Ridding our communities of crime is not a fight that government can win alone. It is a societal responsibility and will require each of us to play our part.”

Masaulle urged all those with knowledge of this heinous crime to come forward and assist the SAPS in their investigations.

“To all women and children in our great province, the Home of Legends, allow me to reaffirm in your hearts and minds my and Government’s unwavering commitment to making you feel safe and ensuring that you are safe and protected,” he said.

“The SAPS are equally committed to leaving no stone unturned in the pursuit of those responsible and to bring them to justice.”