Plato outlines Bredasdorp ‘intervention plan’

The MEC says the results show some men in the community believe it’s okay to 'control and punish women'.

FILE: Western Cape community safety MEC Dan Plato has outlined serious interventions in Bredasdorp where there have been three child murders since 2013. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape community safety MEC Dan Plato has outlined serious interventions in Bredasdorp where there have been three child murders since 2013.

Fourteen-year-old Elda Japhta was found murdered in her 27-year-old boyfriend's home in the Zweletsha informal settlement earlier this month.

He has been arrested for her murder.

In January, five-year-old Kayde Williams was raped and murdered in the Overstrand town and in 2013, 17-year-old Anene Booysen was gang raped and killed there.

Plato says an investigative study has been conducted in Bredasdorp over the past two years.

He says the results show some men in the community believe it's okay to control and punish women.

Some of the men who participated in the study believe a girlfriend needs to be punished if she cheats.

These men also acknowledged they would take revenge if cheated on.

Plato says urgent intervention is planned, with the first in a series of events aimed at the youth, taking place on Friday.