Unsolved murder cases strain Western Cape

Western Cape Police Ombudsman receive 2 159 complaints from relatives.
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The rate at which unsolved murders in Western Cape increase has left relatives who lost their loved ones emotionally drained.

The backlog of unsolved murders is putting an emotional strain on Western Cape families denied closure after the death of their loved ones.

Marian Kortjie is a mother whose son, Justin, was killed last year. Seeking closure along with hundreds of Western Cape families, she still waiting for evidence from the scene of her son’s killing to be analysed.

“I have had enough of our justice system that is failing our people dismally. They are creating more broken families and steering our communities into total destruction. The wait for information is torture,” Kortjie said.

Deidré Foster from the office of the Western Cape Police Ombudsman said that since its inception, the office had received 2 159 complaints, of which 382 were received in 2019.

The complaints were linked to the rising unsolved murders.

“Of these complaints, 76 were in respect of poor investigation and 147 for poor communication. The rest of these complaints fall within other categories such as unacceptable behaviour,” Foster said.
More: IOL

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