The Democratic Alliance Women’s Network (DAWN) in Limpopo has welcomed the ruling by Limpopo High Court sentencing Ntiyiso Xilumani to a life sentence in prison for the brutal murder of Dr Shongile Nkhwashu.
“We wish the Nkhwashu family and loved one’s strength as well as healing during this difficult time,” it said.
However, it said while they know nothing can bring their daughter back, they can only hope that the sentencing will bring the family a sense of justice and closure.
This sentencing is a step in the right direction in the fight against the scourge of Gender Based Violence (GBV) in the province.
“We hope the sentence will serve as a deterrent to other heartless cowards that subscribe to a toxic masculinity and that are perpetrators of GBV,” said DAWN.
In addition, the province is currently losing the battle on violence against women and DAWN launched a petition at the start of women’s month. To will ensure that it is submitted on a provincial and national level to fight against murder of women.
In order for the plight of women with reference to violence and crime is highlighted and addressed.
DAWN believes that the sentence is justice served and remains committed to fighting for the rights and safety of women and against a culture of violence towards women in our societies.