VANDERBIJLAPARK. – December, 16, 2017, marks the day Joyce Nyawuza (85) of Bophelong, was brutally raped and violently dehumanised.
The old woman still bares scars and her tears of fright have yet to dry up. Nyawuza will forever remember the painful and terrible day that put her in a state that will never heal. A 37-year-old suspect was arrested the day after the incident.
Last Tuesday, August 14, was the court date set in Vanderbijlpark’s Magistrates Court.
The African National Congress Women’s League (ANCWL) in Sedibeng appeared and were clearly in support of Nyawuza. Andiswa Mosai ANCWL Sedibeng Regional Spokesperson said, “It is painful that, after so many years of democracy in the country, women are still subjected to physical, emotional and sexual violence.”
Mosai said ANCWL Sedibeng Region edges law enforcement to deal decisively with the perpetrators of crime against women, especially during the country’s Women’s Month, as a form of demonstrating their serious intent to address the increasing levels of gender-based violence in Sedibeng Region and that the courts must give harsher sentences to those convicted of gender-based violence in order to eradicate the scourge of violence against women.
Wally Magagula ANCWL Regional Secretary said, “The fight against gender-based violence is a societal issue and it is imperative that all members of society be at the forefront to defend the rights of women.”
The ANCWL Sedibeng Region completed and signed a memorandum to be handed over to the magistrate, pleading for the following:
– That the case is prioritised
– That justice take its course and give the accused a lengthy sentence to rot in jail
– That all unresolved rape cases be followed and resolved to finality
“We will not rest until society is free and rid of all kinds of abuse, crime and acts of injustice against any human being.” The case was postponed to August 28 for a plea bargain and for the prosecutor to present a report.