Condolences to Yende family

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Pretoria - Ekurhuleni Mayor Mzwandile Masina has sent condolences to the family of Eskom employee Thembisile Yende.

Yende’s body was discovered at the utility’s Springs substation after having been reportedly missing for two weeks.

“We are losing mothers daily, breadwinners and children, who represent the future of South Africa,” said Mayor Masina said on Thursday.

He said the City of Ekurhuleni stands with millions of South Africans, who are saying “Enough is enough!”

The Executive Mayor has also called upon men in society to stand up against brutality and protect the “flowers of the nation and young leaders of the future”.

“… Women are still subjected to the worst atrocities in society…” said the Mayor.

He urged law enforcement agents to solve the case and bring the perpetrators to book.

Meanwhile, the body parts of a two-month old baby were recently discovered in a hostel in Tokoza in Ekurhuleni. The city on Thursday said this is evidence of a gruesome murder, which is still under South African Police Service (SAPS) investigation.

The horrific find comes as South Africa campaigns for the safety of children during Child Protection Week.

“We can’t as a nation normalise this barbaric and evidently perverse situation. As we commemorate International Children’s Day, it’s important we highlight the struggles children, especially in poor communities, face.

“There are thousands of children who become prey to vultures due to socio-economic circumstances and unsafe environments they live in,” the city said.

The City of Ekurhuleni welcomed Police Minister Fikile Mbalula’s pronouncement that such killings are a priority crime. However, the city said remains imperative that the judiciary brings perpetrators to book and severely punishes such atrocious crimes. -

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