PWMSA Condemns Brutal Murder
PWMSA Condemns the brutal murder of a women by her husband.
For immediate release
The Progressive Women’s Movement of South Africa and its National Convenor Professor Hlengiwe Mkhize are deeply saddened by the inhumane acts of brutality, after a female professional quantity surveyor within government, was shot and killed in front of her children.
The barbaric incident that killed 39-year old Tebogo Mabunda occurred in Stonehenge, Mpumalanga last week. Mabunda was shot dead with at least 14 bullets by her former police officer husband, and to make events even more traumatic, in front of her children.
“This killing is a shameful act of cowardice that must be discouraged in the strongest way possible in our communities and should be strongly condemned. During the lockdown, women are caring a double burden of daily abuse and risk of being killed by those close to them,” said Professor Mkhize.
Violent incidents are increasingly reported, showing that the policy of isolation and confinement leads to increased levels of domestic, sexual and gender-based violence – and therefore to a heightened need of protection against this seemed parallel pandemic of its own, GBV and femicede.
As an organisation we continue to urge women to report to the authorities all forms of abuse imposed to them at the earliest to avoid barbaric acts of murder and ensure safety. We also urge man to protect women and not victimise them. Nothing good comes out of gender based violence and femicide, instead it brings pain to women and shame to men.
President Cyril Ramaphosa in his recent address to the nation, revealed that one of the challenges the country faces during the lockdown has been the rise in Gender-Based Violence and Femices, and said incidents of GBV continue to stalk the country as men have declared war on women in South Africa.
He also announced the development of an emergency pathway as an
intervention to ensure lockdown regulations are structured in a manner that a woman can leave her home to report abuse without fear of intimidation or further violence.
We hope the law will be implemented and justice will be served for the life that has been lost. We draw strength from the fact that the alleged perpetrator has been arrested and is under supervision in hospital, after shooting himself in the arm.
We send our deepest condolences to the family, relatives and friends during this difficult period, may her soul rest in peace.
Prof Hlengiwe Mkhize
PWMSA National Convenor
Philile Nina Bongwe
+27 83 350 5329