ACDP calls on Parliament to consider legislation that empowers victims against their attackers

Media Statement
ACDP President, Rev KRJ Meshoe MP

ACDP President and Member of Parliament Rev Kenneth Meshoe today said that it is high time South Africa had a law that protects citizens who defend themselves and their children against their attackers.

Rev Meshoe’s call comes after the recent arrest of a 55-year-old mother, from Komani in the Eastern Cape, who fatally stabbed a man and wounded two others after allegedly finding them raping her daughter.

Meshoe says, “Whilst we do not support taking the law into our own hands, the African Christian Democratic Party believes that parents have the responsibility to defend their children.

“The mother’s bravery must be applauded for putting her own life in danger to protect her daughter from her alleged rapists. The ACDP calls on Parliament to consider legislation that empowers citizens, and in particular, women, to defend themselves and their family when they are under attack.”

“It is sad that this brave woman and protective mother was arrested after she killed one of the alleged rapists and wounded two others, when they tried to attack her.  We believe she should have been granted free bail by the Komani Magistrate’s Court because she was acting in self-defence.”

“The ACDP also commends the people in the community who rallied by her side”, Meshoe added.