Gender Based Violence cases increase in the Kruger National Park

Issued by Annerie Weber, MP – DAWN Chairperson: Mpumalanga Province
08 Sep 2022 in Press Releases

The DA in Mpumalanga has been made aware of a planned march to Skukuza Police Station on Thursday, 8 September, following yet another incident of Gender Based Violence (GBV) that took place in the Kruger National Park.

On Friday 2 September 2022, an 8-year-old girl was allegedly raped at the Skukuza living quarters. A case was opened at the Skukuza police station.

As a result, the community near Kruger National Park will demonstrate their anger and frustrations through a march to Skukuza police station where they will hand over a memorandum to the SAPS.

Following the sacking of the CEO of SANParks Fundisile Mketeni after a very thorough disciplinary hearing, and the alleged sexual misconduct of Finance Minister Enoch Godogwane at Shelati. One would expect the Skukuza police and the management of Kruger National Park to be more vigilant in fighting these horrendous crimes.

It has become evident that high ranking officials in the ANC tend to misuse their power and do not acknowledge the dignity of women in this country.

It is blatant that ANC officials continue to have no regard for Women and Children such as the ongoing case of a former Member of the Executive Council in the province for allegedly raping his twin 8 year old daughters. He has since been reinstated by the ANC.

Another such case currently in Mpumalanga is the case of rape, kidnap and murder of Hillary Gardee, Mr. Hlabirwa Rasie Nkune has also been accused of killing his girlfriend and her cop sister 12 days after Gardee’s body was found.

One of the other accused, Philemon Lukhele was a senior researcher for the ANC at the time. It seems there is no regard for human life.

The DA will write to the Minister of Forestry and Fisheries and Environmental Affairs, Barbera Creecy to request that she appoints a special investigating unit to investigate the GBV cases that are increasing in the Kruger National Park.

It is unacceptable that women must still march for equality, fighting for the right of not being violated, killed, raped and beaten by men. No man has the right to disrespect any woman or child in this country.