Pres. Cyril Ramaphosa is sorry that someone who should never have been released on parole killed Tazne Van Wyk, 8.
Ramaphosa apologized to her parents during a visit on Tuesday that this happened.
“Tazne was killed by someone who should never have been released on parole,” Ramaphosa said.
However, after visiting Terrence Manuel, 31, and Carmen Van Wyk, 28, at their home in Clares Street, Connaught Estate, Elsies River, he said his visit would not take away the pain of family and community.
Ramaphosa said gender violence against women and children, where they are raped and murdered by men, must come to an end.
As he spoke, the crowd started screaming that they wanted the death penalty reinstated.
Ramaphosa promised to look into the criminal justice system to see how the parole system could be redesigned. “We are now going to ask that people who rape and murder children and women are not released on parole,” Ramaphosa said.
He said Ronald Lamola, Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, will see to it that the parole system is redesigned “so there will never be such a situation again.”
He believes the legal system should buy into this and should be told during sentencing that such offenders should never be released on parole.
“We are taking steps to strengthen the criminal justice system. We want women and children to be in a position to rely on the criminal justice system, ”Ramaphosa said.
He also referred to complaints that the police were not doing their job, and said he had been assured that the police had indeed undertaken to assist the family and that they were there for the communities. “They will do these investigations to the best of their ability.”
Ramaphosa said the government was going to assist Tazne’s family and support them while they made the funeral arrangements.
Ramaphosa said, however, that the community itself should also take note of what commits criminals living in the communities and should take hands and act when they hear of certain crime trends.