Rape and murder of granny sparks outrage

As gender-based violence continues to sweep across the country, the family members of the slain 59 years old woman who was brutally raped and murdered mentioned that they demanded justice for their beloved grandmother.

It is alleged that Nothemba Dakada was raped and brutally violated to death by assailants who gained entry into her home in Dobsonville, Soweto. In an emotional interview with her granddaughter Nomvula Dakada, who was also a victim of rape and assault by that same intruders mentioned the barbaric brutality inflicted on her grandmother as an act that the family will never forget.

“We normally sleep late at night, but on the Thursday night of July 16th, we went earlier to bed. Then while I was sleeping, I could feel that someone was on top of me. In my struggle trying to fight off my attacker, I realized that my grandmother was also screaming in her bedroom, and the assailant kept on sexually assaulting her. Immediately after they had left, I rushed to her side only to discover that she was unresponsive,” lamented Nomvula.

Women and activists have in recent months demanded greater action against sexual violence. The shocking rise in femicide has seen women mobilize once more on the streets as the protests continue with screaming placards written ‘#AMINEXT’.

Eyewitnesses allegedly criticize Police authorities for their slow response and progress to Nothemba’s murder. Family Spokesperson Phillip Matseoane expressed disgust at the incident. “This reported crime comes up against the systematic failing of our criminal justice system”, bemoaned Phillip. Funeral arrangements are yet to be announced.

In his presidential address to the nation last month his excellency, President Cyril Ramaphosa mentioned that gender-based violence in the country should be considered as a second pandemic.

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