There was very little remorse shown by the two accused of murdering Chevonne Rush as they appeared for cross-examination in the Palm Ridge High Court today. Both Rochelle Botha and Stefan van Niekerk are accused of murdering the toddler as well as assault GBH and multiple other charges relating to her murder and abuse. Action Society is determined to see justice be done and will continue to monitor the case closely. The cross examination will continue on Friday, September 15.
According to Ian Cameron, Director of Community Safety at Action Society, Chevonne’s case should serve as a wake up call for everyone. “Every parent, every family member, family friend, every caregiver, every teacher, yes, every member of the public who have ever witnessed or knows of any form of child abuse should note: If you neglect to report abuse or if you fail to protect or aid an abused child, you are just as guilty as the one who committed the act of violence.”
Chevonne was only two years old when she was beaten to death last year. Van Niekerk brought her to a clinic in Primrose, but there was very little the doctor’s could do and she was declared dead on arrival. A pathologist assigned to the case determined that the cause of her death was bleeding on the brain, and revealed that her body was covered in 49 bruises.
Chevonne Rush’s murder is a stark reminder of the scourge of violence against women and children in South Africa. Action Society believes that creating awareness and proactive communities can go a long way in preventing these tragedies.
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