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ANC Welcomes Guilty Verdict Handed Down To Christopher Panayiotou And Co-Accused

H Malgas

The African National Congress welcomes the guilty verdict handed down to Jayde Panayiotou's killers, her husband Christopher Panayiotou and two-co-accused. The ANC condemns in the strongest terms, the rampant and endemic surge in intimate partner killings. These deplorable violent acts against women have reached alarming and intolerable levels. Every week South Africa is confronted by the assault and gruesome killings of women, either by their intimate partners, relatives, or strangers.

Having been found guilty by Judge Dayalin Chetty on the charge of murder, we believe that is a reason enough for a harsh sentence to be handed down to Christopher Panayiotou and his co-accused on 17 November 2017. This will set a precedent to all partners who remain hell-bent on threatening women and their immediate families daily, violating even court orders, interdicting them against Gender violence. We commend the police, prosecutorial team and the Judge for the sterling work done in ensuring that justice is served. The ANC calls on all sectors of society to unite against all forms of abuses against women and children.

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