A large group of community members gathered at court to condemn the “senseless act of violence against a woman”.
COMMUNITY members from John Daka gathered at the Galeshewe Magistrate’s Court yesterday to demand that a man who allegedly stabbed his girlfriend to death last month be denied bail.
Velencia “Moeder” Davids, 38, from John Daka, was stabbed to death in a tavern on August 31. She was buried on Saturday.
Her boyfriend, Stanford Moena Maong, was arrested in connection with her murder only hours after she died.
Maong appeared in the Galeshewe Magistrate’s Court yesterday on charges of murder and assault with the intent to do grievous bodily harm (GBH).
Maong was expected to apply for bail during his court appearance yesterday but his legal representative indicated that he had decided to abandon his bail application.
The case was postponed to next month.
Meanwhile, a large group of community members gathered at court to condemn the “senseless act of violence against a woman”.
“This incident has caused massive pain and sorrow for the people of John Daka. Moeder was a well-known and respected member of our community and it pains us to have lost her at the hands of her partner, a man who was supposed to love and care for her. He must rot in jail,” they stated.
Elsa Ndlebe, on behalf of the local ANC Women’s League, called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to bring back the death sentence.
“The death penalty was abolished as innocent people were hanged, but now innocent women are being killed in the streets,” Ndlebe said.
Davids died after sustaining a knife wound to her back in Choppers Tavern. She was rushed to Kimberley Hospital following the stabbing but was declared dead on arrival, according to a family member, Amelia Moka.
Dennis Fritz, the ANC Ward 8 branch chairperson, called on men to love and respect women, adding that the bloodshed and violence against women had spiralled completely out of contorl.
The community members vowed to attend every future court appearance of Maong.
Meanwhile, during the tabling of the Department of Safety, Transport and Liaison’s budget, MEC Nontobeko Vilakazi pointed out that over the past few weeks citizens of the country had moved to highlight the harrowing experience of victims and survivors of rape and abuse in our country.
“Women who suffer violence do not always do it quietly. We have received reports from Correctional Services that 20 out of 148 female inmates are women who have murdered their partners or spouses due to abusive relationships. It is a sad day to see the lengths women are pushed to when they break under years of torment,” Vilakazi said.
She added that women could be proud of being fierce champions of the people, each in her own right.
“Where once we were nurturers of children and the aspirations of our husbands, we are now, too, caregivers of nations,” Vilakazi stated.