Even animals don’t behave like this, says Lesufi of murdered child

The Gauteng provincial government will, in due course, announce a strategy that will take the fight against crime to the next level, according to premier Panyaza Lesufi.

Lesufi was briefing the media on Monday outside the family home of four-year-old Bokgabo Poo who was found murdered and mutilated in Tamboville, Benoni last week.

Lesufi, who was joined by the MEC for safety and security Faith Mazibuko, said: “We have to take this fight back to criminals, which simply means that we have to capacitate our law-enforcement agencies.

“We have to get every cent that we have as the state to empower the police. We can’t rely on any other thing but the capacity of the state to confront [crime] and attend to it.

“We will make announcements on this matter. We have finalised the strategy, we have costed it [and] we really believe that it will assist us to arrest some of the situations that we have. We have shared that strategy with the police, they are agreeing to it.”

He added that budgets have been drawn up to ensure that the strategy is implemented and executed.

“We need every place … in this province to be under the watch of the police. We are moving all the relevant budgets and resources everywhere. We are confronting this problem of crime and lawlessness. This is pure lawlessness and we must close it and confront it.”

He condemned the murder of the child and called on justice to be meted out to anyone found guilty of the crime.

“We are coming here to strengthen the family, to give them the support and to tell the police to leave no stone unturned until we get everything that we need. What has happened to this family is cruel and painful. Even animals don’t behave like this.

“We are dealing with somebody who has been an enemy of our people. We are dealing with somebody who has done these things before. We are dealing with somebody who is heartless. We are dealing with somebody who we believe the law must not even give him a chance to get bail again,” he said.

He further called on the community to assist the police in tracking down other body parts that belong to the child, which are still missing.

“The body of [Poo] … we still have parts that are still missing. We need to unleash all the law-enforcement agencies … I have asked the police … to bring all the technology that they have at their disposal so that we can assist the family to close this chapter that is so painful.”

A 30-year-old man appeared at the Benoni magistrate’s court on Monday on charges of kidnapping and murder related to the case. The case has been postponed to October 24.

– SAnews.gov.za

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