In a significant development, Free State police have successfully located the elderly woman who was seen in a distressing video being racially abused and assaulted.
The video, which was recorded in November 2020, resurfaced on social media this week after being shared by EFF leader Julius Malema and civil rights group Action Society’s Ian Cameron.
In the heart-wrenching footage, the elderly woman can be seen crying helplessly while facing racial abuse and violence. At one point, her attacker even covers her with a jersey as she shrieks in fear.
After diligent investigations, police spokesperson Capt Loraine Earl confirmed that they found the victim on Thursday, despite the video being recorded several months earlier.
The police are currently in consultation with the woman and her family to determine if she wishes to open a case against her attacker. Should she choose not to pursue legal action, the direction of the case will be determined by the director of public prosecutions (DPP).
Mara why?💔💔💔 pic.twitter.com/wBg1rvrT8c
— Julius Sello Malema (@Julius_S_Malema) July 19, 2023
Provincial commissioner Lt-Gen Baile Motswenyane has taken this matter seriously and instructed detectives to locate the victim and conduct a thorough investigation. While no case has been formally reported by the victim yet, the abuse and torture of women in such a manner are considered grave offenses that demand immediate attention.
The video’s resurfacing has sparked widespread outrage, prompting swift action from law enforcement agencies. Public support for the victim and condemnation of the reprehensible act are crucial in upholding the values of justice and compassion in our society.