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Press release

For Immediate Release: 23 February 2017

To: Editors, Producers and Reporters

CGE welcomes the Sentencing of the Mastermind behind Thandazile Mpunzi’s killing

The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) welcomes the sentencing of the mastermind behind the killing of Thandazile Mpunzi by Judge Themba Sishi at the Mtubatuba High Court in the Northern KwaZulu-Natal. The inhumane and merciless killing of Mpunzi for muti purpose due to her albinism will serve as a lesson regarding the myth and stereotypes that exist in our society about people with albinism. The Commission believes that the sentencing of Bhekufufa Gumede, a leader of the Zion Congregation Church and the chief mastermind of Mpunzi’s killing for life will send a strong message that killing of people with albinism will not be tolerated by our judicial system.

The CGE also welcomes the sentencing of Mandla Mabuza (20 Year Imprisonment), Lindokuhle Khumalo (20 Year Imprisonment) and Siyabonga Gwala (18 Year Imprisonment) who were earlier sentenced for the same crime would serve as a deterrent to those who are involved in atrocious acts.

“The CGE commends all in the justice system who worked tirelessly to ensure that justice is done for the late Thandazile Mpunzi and her family. The long term prison sentences handed down for kidnapping and killing will send a clear message that killing of people with albinism will not be tolerated in our society” said Ms Thoko Mpumlwana, Acting Chairperson of the Commission for Gender Equality

People can use our Toll Free Number 0800 007 709 to report cases of gender based violence and other related crimes.

ENDS,

Issued by: Commission for Gender Equality (CGE)

Date: 23 February 2017

Contact Person: Javu Baloyi

Tel: 083 579 3306

The Commission for Gender Equality is established in terms of Section 187 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa in order to promote respect for gender equality and the protection, development and attainment of gender equality.

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