The ANC in the Eastern Cape has reacted with shock to the news of initiates allegedly killing a woman in Berlin this weekend.
Police have arrested five initiates – aged between 16 and 20 – following the murder of a 62-year-old woman at Mncotsho village in Berlin, outside East London, at about 10pm on Sunday.
It is alleged that these initiates were in their hut when they heard a woman’s voice outside threatening that all initiates will die, they then went out and attacked her with sticks, she died on the scene, said Cambridge police spokesman Captain Mluleki Mbi. The initiates are expected to appear in the Mdantsane Magistrate’s Court today.
ANC provincial chairman Oscar Mabuyane said the news were disturbing and hurtful. “Abakhwetha were in a process of being taught to protect families, women and those vulnerable in the society and not to murder them as alleged,” he said.
“The ANC in the Eastern Cape sends its deepest condolences to the family of the woman. We call on law enforcement agencies to do thorough investigation on this matter so that we ascertain the details surrounding the death of this lady who is a mother and relative to her family.”
Society will not rest until details of this case are ascertained, he said. “As the ANC we encourage police and NPA to work together to get to the bottom of this matter,” said Mabuyane.