Raped, mutilated and burnt alive; this is the fate of young Veronica Mofokeng, just days after being found in a field by school children.
When the death of a young girl is so gruesome that it stirs the Deputy President to make a statement, you know the cracks are starting to show in the daydream of a new South Africa. When a young boy is stabbed to death by another learner in the same region just days before and it hardly warrants a glance from the public, you know we’re in serious trouble.
The horrible death of 9 year-old Veronica – who was reported missing just a few days before the school boys found her mutilated remains in a field – brings into focus the desperate need for more visible policing and community involvement when it comes to the safety of our youths.
“Children are supposed to be nurtured and taken care of. Children are the ones who are supposed to bury us. Children are meant to live a happy life. As government, we are going to make sure that those who do terrible things to our children are sent to jail,” said Ramaphosa.
Gauteng MEC for Education Panyaza Lusufi expressed his sadness in light of the recent spate of assaults on children throughout the province.