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Alexandra family left devastated by sisters' murders

Tumi and Tshepo Sefolo were murdered allegedly by Tumi’s boyfriend of seven years and the father of her two daughters.

FILE: Picture: SAPS

JOHANNESBURG – The family of two siblings who were shot and killed in their Alexandra home says they are devastated and feel like they were robbed.

Tumi and Tshepo Sefolo were murdered allegedly by Tumi’s boyfriend of seven years and the father of her two daughters.

Police say a case of abuse was opened by Tumi but was later withdrawn.

Matshidiso, the sister to Tumi and Tshepo, says she is feeling hopeless and hollow because both her siblings were vibrant young people with promising futures.

“Both of them were kind and loving people. I have lost so much. You know what, it’s like I’m empty.”

She says it’s not true that her sister Tumi withdrew the charges against the boyfriend.

“We went for a protection order. He opened a case but that one is not withdrawn.”

Funeral proceedings will take place on Saturday for both of the victims.

Meanwhile, Police Minister Fikile Mbalula has promised that the suspect will be behind bars in a matter of hours, not days.

MBALULA URGES POLICE TO BE MORE CAUTIOUS

Mbalula has appealed to officers to be cautious when dealing with the withdrawal of cases, especially by victims of abuse.

The Police Minister says that police need to be tactful when dealing with women who claim to be victims of abuse and then later want to withdraw the cases.

He says police should not be quick to withdraw.

“If we’d have justified the call by that woman or anybody, that you have been violated, so we’re going ahead, probably we could have preserved a life.”

Mbalula says it's also important for communities to play a supportive role.

“Even yourself, wherever you are, judge for yourself. Somebody who beat you up every day, somebody who treats you as a property, walk away.”

He says in spite, of this unfortunate event and other femicides in the province, he is still positive that Gauteng will be able to cut crime by 50% in the next two years.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)

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