She was a member of Nehawu and worked in Gillion Mashego’s department.
Cosatu in Mpumalanga this week condemned the heartless murder that occurred a week ago of quantity surveyor and Nehawu comrade Tebogo Mabunda.
The union federation said they were concerned that men were increasingly treating women as if they are their “personal property”.
The 39-year-old Mabunda was shot 42 times at her house in Mbombela Thursday 14 May 2020 -allegedly by her husband – and she died on the scene.
Later the 42-year-old man turned the gun on himself – but could not die and is currently under police guard at an undisclosed hospital, in a critical condition.
Mabunda worked in the Mpumalanga public works department as a quantity surveyor. MEC Gillion Mashego said the murder happens while the country is focusing somewhere else, on the Covid-19, and the tragedy keeps reversing the gains of capacitating women for the workplace.
Cosatu described her murder as “barbaric” and “savage”, and called on the state to bring about justice so that such doesn’t happen again in our society.
Provincial leader Thabo Mokoena said they advocate for a society in which women are treated with love, respect and dignity.
“No human being has the right to treat another as his or her personal property. Everyone has the right to live freely in harmony without fear of selfish jealousy and personal feelings of emotionally weak individuals,” Mokoena said.
The authorities should now “act without fear of prejudice,” he said, and the full might of law taking its course “so that future atrocities are eliminated from our nation”.
“Gender based violence is a crime against humanity and perpetrators of such inhuman acts must be prosecuted, eliminated and serve lifetime sentence,” Mokoena said.
(edited by ZK)
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