To: Editors, Producers and Reporters CGE Welcomes Guilty Verdict for Christopher Panayiotou and Co-Accused
The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) welcomes the guilty verdict handed down to Jayde Panayiotou’s killers, her husband Christopher Panayiotou and two -co-accused. The case once again brings the spotlight to the rampant and endemic surge in intimate partner killings. The Commission is pleased that this verdict will convey a strong message that intimate partner violence, including murder and related crimes have no place in our homes, communities and society in general. The Commission applauds the law enforcement agencies and the justice system for seeing to it that justice was served on behalf of the late Jayde Panayiotou.
The Commission believes that the planned and pre-meditated murder of Jayde Panayiotu warrants the harshest sentence possible under the law. The Commission trusts that on the 17 November 2017, nothing less than a lengthy jail sentence will be imposed on the three brutal murderers of Jayde Panayiotu.
The CGE is convinced that the justice system and our law enforcement agencies remain our best allies in the fight against gender based violence, intimate partner violence and other related scourges that haunt our society on a daily basis. We remain dismayed that, according to available data, four women are killed each day by their intimate partners.
“The CGE commends the police, prosecutorial team and the Judge who acted relentless in pursuit of the truth, justice was served. The Gender Commission is calling for hefty and lengthy sentence to Christopher Panayiotou and his two co-accused. This will send a clear message to those that use violence and threats asset their power against women to settle family dispute that its criminal and they will not continue to remain in our homes, in our streets and our communities!” said the Ms Lulama Nare, the Chairperson of the Commission for Gender Equality
Issued by: Commission for Gender Equality (CGE)
Date: 06 November 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.