WOMEN from Hankey’s Weston community protested outside the Hankey magistrate’s court on Monday against the release of Piet Jacobs, 38, who they said beat his girlfriend to death last week.
The women said the system failed them as neighbours reported the beatings to the local police.
“He started beating her on Monday night (March 5) and I called the police but the police left him claiming he was sleeping,” said a neighbour, Phindiswa Mvimbeli.
“On Wednesday night he beat her again and then the next day (Thursday) we were told she was dead,” added Mvimbeli.
Another community member who did not want to be named said, “He was walking around telling people that he killed her, so the police had no option but to arrest him”.
“Our demands are easy – we want no bail for him and no visitors,” said Mvimbeli.
The women say they are sick and tired of people labelling their location as the crime centre of Hankey.
“We want to warn those who think they can come to Weston and do as they please that we will not allow it anymore,” said an angry Mvimbeli.
“We will act against gender-based violence.”
The case was postponed to March 29 for a bail application.
“We will be here again on the 29th,” said Mvimbeli.