By Kaya 959 Reporter
More than 800 wanted suspects have been arrested in the O Kae Molao Tracing Operation.
Detectives said of the 816 suspects, more than 169 were wanted for gender-based violence and crimes against women and children.
“Others were arrested for serious and violent crimes that include murder, attempted murder, rape, sexual assault, assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, malicious damage to property and robbery.
“The tracing of the suspects started on the night of 25 August 2021 up until the early hours of the morning of 26 August 2021 to ensure that those who were in hiding and evaded the arrests are hunted down and brought to book, police said.
As Women’s Month commemorations draw to a close, attacks on women continue unabated.
Earlier this week, Fort Hare student Nosicelo Mtebeni was murdered and her body was cut up and discarded in two bags.
Her 25-year-old boyfriend Alutha Pasile has been arrested.
Pasile abandons bail application
Police found Mtebeni’s body at a dumpsite in East London. Officers swiftly started investigating. “This led them to a witness who allegedly saw Pasile at about 5am leaving his residence with a purple suitcase and a grey-black bag,” said police.
Pasile has abandoned his bail application. The case was postponed to September 28.
In KwaZulu-Natal, a mother and her teenage daughter were hacked to death. Her 10-year-old daughter survived the attack. She is undergoing counselling.
In another case, an elderly woman was shot dead in an attack at her home, also in KZN. The woman’s son and grandson were also killed. Her other grandson was also shot and is recovering in hospital.
Chairperson of the Committee on Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities, has called for the implementation of a Gender-Based Violence and Feminicide Strategic Plan.
Nonhlanhla Ncube-Ndaba said women and children live in terror in the face of violent men.
The committee called on the Commission for Gender Equality to strengthen its programmes, particularly on GBV and to ensure that all stakeholders, especially within the criminal justice system, are an effective force against GBVF.