Action Society has been appointed by the family of murdered British citizen, Christine Robinson, to conduct a watching brief on her murder trial, which is starting in the Polokwane High Court today.
Christine Robinson, a retired teacher was raped and murdered by Andrew Ndlovu on her game lodge in Limpopo on July 30, 2014. The accused fled to Zimbabwe after the attack, but he had since returned to South Africa several times using different identities.
Ian Cameron from Action Society, who was actively involved with the family following leads in the case up to Ndlovu’s arrest, commented: “Interpol did not do much. The South African Police Services (SAPS) on the ground at the time of the investigation were fantastic, but after that the case just died. The British government also seemed to have not done much.”
The family never stopped searching for Christine’s killer and used Facebook posts to draw attention to the case. After various posts on Facebook was published, Ndlovu was positively identified and a team consisting of SAPS members, Ian Cameron and ex-policemen Colonel Sakkie Louwrens arrested Ndlovu on 30 July 2020 in Johannesburg.
After 8 years, Ndlovu has finally been indicted on the following charges: housebreaking, aggravated burglary, rape, murder and being in South Africa illegally.
“We hope that justice will prevail in this case, as we know the successful conviction rate in South Africa is at an all-time low. Recent statistics from the Medical Research Council revealed that less than one in five sexual offence cases ever make it to trial and only 8.6% of all sexual offence cases were finalised with a guilty verdict.”
“Gender-based violence and femicide (GBVF) is a pandemic in South Africa, with our country being referred to as the rape capital of the world and the femicide rate equal to a country at war. With 153 rapes reported daily, innocent women like Christine pay the ultimate price. We can no longer stand-by while violent predators like Ndlovu keep raping and murdering our women and children,” Cameron concluded.