Action Society shares the frustration of little Lihle Zenzile’s family as they are forced to wait another month before their daughter’s killer will appear before the court again. Action Society supported the heartbroken family at the Paarl Regional Court on Tuesday. However, in another display of judicial red tape, the case was postponed again after a psychologist previously found the accused mentally fit to plea, but a missing psychological report refuted that statement.
The innocent 10-year-old girl from Mbekwini in Paarl, was killed on January 6 by a close member of her family who was living in the same house as Lihle and her parents at the time of her murder. He stuffed her body inside of a trunk under her parents’ bed after he strangled her to death. The killer turned himself over to the police and showed them the trunk where they found her body.
“I cannot believe that my child is gone. I have lost two family members, which is heartbreaking for me,” said Lihle’s heartbroken mother, Julia, after approaching Action Society for help.
“Children are being murdered in South Africa everyday at a sickening rate, but our broken justice system and police are too slow to act and delay justice. These innocent children merely become another check mark on a statistics sheet that grows longer every day. Between April and June 2023, 293 children were murdered . That is 98 per month and three per day. It is a pandemic in South Africa and we must put a stop to it,” said Action Society’s Kaylynn Palm.