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Speaker notes by the MEC for Transport and Community Safety, Limpopo

Limpopo; 28 November 2019

The National Commissioner of Police, General Khehla Sitole
The Provincial Commissioner of Police, General Nneke Ledwaba
Senior officers
The media
Members of the Public

Good morning and welcome this morning

Karibu Holiday Resort Tzaneen, where we are hosting the Safety and Security Summit. Hence we have convened this briefing on the sidelines of this important event in our endeavour to heighten the safety of the people of the Province.

I thank you all for responding to this media briefing on such short notice.

I am addressing you this morning with mixed emotions, both of sadness and as well as a sigh of relief. Sadness because as a province, Limpopo and the country as a whole has suffered the loss of a young girl, 21 year old Precious Ramabulana, at the hands of a ruthless criminal.

Sadly, this is compounded by the fact that Precious was murdered during a time when the men around the country are challenged to to mobilise against Gender Based Violence, the abuse of children and people with disabilities.

The college student, Precious was brutally murdered on Sunday morning at about 02:30am. According to preliminary investigations, Precious was asleep in her room at Ga-Joel Section in Mokomene, when she was so callously attacked and found with her body having been stabbed multiple times.

The Police at Botlokwa in the Mankweng Cluster Policing area are investigating a case of Murder as a result. The incident happened on Sunday morning, 24 November 2019 at about 02h30am.

The National Commissioner had since instructed the provincial police that the 72-Hour Activation Plan be mobilised. This plan entailed the mobilisation of critical resources including Crime Intelligence, Forensic Services, the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigations and Detective Services.

This speedy strategic approach had yielded positive results in that police have apprehended a 28 year old suspect in connection with the murder of Precious.

The suspect was residing in Nyakelang Village, Botlokwa and was arrested at his parental home. Police also recovered cellular phones which possibly belonged to Precious, blood-stained clothes and possibly even the murder weapon.

We are confident that we have the right suspect in custody and that he has a case to answer to.

The investigating team must be applauded for speedily apprehending the suspect.

I also want to thank the community for remaining calm as well as for their patience during this investigation process, and for the role they played in this or other crime fighting initiatives.

At this juncture, we call upon our courts to impose the harshest sentence possible on this suspect once found guilty, as all efforts will be committed by the police to prove the case to the letter.

May I also take this opportunity to highlight that over the next two days, starting from this morning we are convened here at Karibu Holiday Resort outside Tzaneen, Mopani District conducting the Provincial Safety and Security Summit.

We are here with various stakeholders that include, the University of Venda, the South African Police Service, organs of civil society in the crime combating fraternity such as the Community Safety Forum, Community Policing Forum, Young Civilian on Patrol, as well as the Mopani District and Greater Tzaneen local Municipalities, all of us as led by the Premier of the Province Hon. Chupu Stanley Mathabatha, Mahlatji-a-Hlabirwa.

It is through this kind of initiatives that we aim to heighten the security of the people of the Province as much as we increase and galvanise the participation in the fight against societal ills and build a safer province and country.

Let me take this opportunity to again challenge all men in the province and the country to stand and say NOT IN MY NAME, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

Joel Seabi ( MEC's spokesperson)
079 084 2010;
Brigadier Vish Naidoo
082 567 4153