Hammer killer gets 20 years

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The province recently launched a programme of action on No Violence Against Women and Children and Femicide campaign.

Nearly a year after he murdered his wife, a 32-year-old man was sentenced to a lengthy prison term.

He appeared in the Port Shepstone Regional Court recently.

The husband and father who cannot be identified because he has minor children living in the area, will serve 20 years’ imprisonment after he brutally beat his wife to death with a hammer on November 11, 2019.

He was also declared unfit to possess a firearm. According to police spokesman, Captain Petros Mpinge, at the time of the incident, the couple who lived in the Bhomela area in Paddock were arguing when it escalated into violence.

The accused’s wife was rushed to Port Shepstone Hospital where she later died on the same day as a result of severe head injuries.

The accused was denied bail and remained in police custody throughout his trial.

Ugu District Commander, Major General Sethenya Nxamagele stated that while she is pleased with the sentence handed down by the court.

“It took just one act of intense violence to ruin the lives of the children and relatives left behind by the death of the victim. Nothing will bring her back.”

She encouraged everyone to promote campaigns against no violence against women and children.

“Men, who are often the abusers, should seek help with problems of addiction and anger. The time to act against gender-based violence (GBV) is now,” she said.

With 16 days of Activism against Gender-Violence being observed from November 25 to December 10, KwaZulu-Natal Premier, Sihle Zikalala said ”we are waging war against GBV and Femicide not just for 16 days, but for the next 365 days, and beyond.”

The province recently launched a programme of action on No Violence Against Women and Children and Femicide campaign.
The campaign is grassroots-based, and MECs, mayors, councillors and Amakhosi are leading programmes at local level to integrate them in line with the District Development Model.

“We refuse that our beautiful province be associated with violent crimes, especially contact crimes and the dehumanisation of women and children,” he said.

According to Premier Zikalala law enforcement authorities have been mobilised and he also encouraged society to speak out, and not suffer in silence.

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