Jun 13, 2021

Mawazo Writing Africa

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‘One of the most gruesome acts of GBV,’ says Zikalala after communications admin is killed

A 39-year-old woman, Hlengiwe Madlala, was found dead in the early hours of Sunday morning, 6 June. She was a communications employee in the Office of the Premier of KwaZulu-Natal, Sihle Zikalala.

MADLALA STABBED TO DEATH, SAYS ZIKALALA

On Monday, 7 June, the Premier said Madlala’s lifeless body – with her clothes nearby – was found outside her home with multiple stab wounds in the early hours of Sunday morning.

“MaHadebe” Madlala was from Songozima village inVulindlela. At the time of her passing she was an administrator in the communication unit at Zikalala’s office.

“Hlengiwe died a brutal and gruesome death at the hands of a callous perpetrator. She would’ve celebrated her 40th birthday in August this year,” said Zikalala. “Unfortunately, her life has been cut short by this brutality.”

The premier conveyed condolences to Madlala’s family – especially the children she leaves behind – on behalf of the KZN government. “May the whole family be comforted in this hour of great pain, and may they find strength in the great memories shared with Hlengiwe and use these to remember the good times spent with Hlengiwe.”

‘ONE OF THE MOST GRUESOME ACTS OF GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE’

Zikalala said GBV is one of the worst scars on South African society that affects the country as a whole, “regardless of race, faith or economic status.”

“By all accounts this is one of the most gruesome acts of Gender-Based Violence committed on a woman in the province recently. Whoever did this was on a mission of murderous violence and set about to carry out this act in a cold and calculating manner,” said Zikalala.

The premier said more work needs to be done in order to protect KwaZulu-Natal women from violence – through a number of interventions – and that the judiciary and support programs that target women must be strengthened to provide closure for survivors.