KZN Social Development MEC Nonhlanhla Khoza has called on police not to leave any stone unturned following the gruesome killing of an 80-year-old gogo in Imbali Unit 13 in Pietermaritzburg, KZN.
The body of gogo Siphelele Magwaza, who was living alone in her home, was found half-n@ked by police on Thursday after they were alerted by a neighbour who noticed that her back door was open.
According to Khoza, gogo’s legs and hands were tied to a chair with an electrical cord while a cloth was stuffed into her mouth.
Khoza said the incident was extremely disturbing and disheartening.
“The level of brutality directed at gogos and madalas shows that our nation has people who have lost ubuntu. It is very hard to believe that there are people who can attack and murder a defenceless gogo. We are horrified by this act,” said Khoza.
She said incidents of this nature leave them speechless especially because her department has been rolling out programmes to encourage people to protect gogos and madalas.
“Our gogos and madalas are a fountain of wisdom and deserve to be loved and cared for by all of us. We are extremely concerned that the criminals continue to take advantage of them. The vicious murder of gogo Magwaza calls on us all to work with the police to ensure that the killers are caught so that they can answer for their sins,” said Khoza.
She called on residents to help the police with any information that could lead to the apprehension of the killers.
She added that residents needed to play their part in ensuring that gogos and madalas in their areas don’t stay alone.
“We call on residents to inform the department if there is a gogo or a madala who stays alone. This will help avoid situations where they are targeted. Our government and other stakeholders have established old age homes to ensure the protection of gogos and madala who have no one to look after them,” said Khoza.
“The department has a team of social workers deployed to work in different wards throughout the province and they are always on call to assist,” said Khoza.
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