President Cyril Ramaphosa has called upon the South African Police Service (SAPS) to intensify the manhunt for the killer of 21 year old Limpopo student Precious Ramabulana, and to ensure the perpetrator is apprehended and brought to book swiftly.
Ramabulana was found dead on Sunday in her student accommodation in Mokomene, Limpopo after being attacked by an assailant in the early hours of the morning.
The savagery inflicted on this young woman she was reportedly stabbed 52 times, points to a level of depravity that is beyond the comprehensible, President Ramaphosa said.
We are horrified at yet another killing of an innocent woman, and we are angry, this simply cannot go on, the President added.
President Ramaphosa has directed Minister of Police to avail all the necessary resources to support local police in the search for the killer.
On Monday the President launched the annual 16 Days of Activism of No Violence against Women and Children in Lephalale in Limpopo, where he updated the nation on progress in implementing the National Emergency Response Plan to combat gender-based violence and femicide.
This week alone our courts have handed down life sentences to three perpetrators convicted of crimes against women and children: we are going to make good on our promise to the women of this country that those who are terrorizing them will be removed from society, said President Ramaphosa.
At the launch President Ramaphosa called on all South Africans to report gender-based violence and to work with law-enforcement authorities.
I call upon friends, family and the community: and anyone with information that could lead to the arrest of Precious' killer to come forward, said President Ramaphosa, adding that all information will be treated confidentially and the SAPS crime hotline can be reached at 08600 10111.
Whoever committed this brutal act must know that there is no corner for you to hide. You will be found, you will be tried, and you will receive the highest penalty, the President added.
Source: The Presidency Republic of South Africa