A 13-year-old boy who was shot and killed during a robbery is being laid to rest in Steve Biko village, in Lephalale, Limpopo.

Lehlogonolo Gomba’s death prompted learner organisation, Congress of South African Students (COSAS) to lead a community march against crime to the local Vila Nora Police Station.

Station commander Lazarus Selokela says they are prioritising the investigation into Gomba’s killing.

“At this stage, we have opened the case docket and we want the matter to be taken up by the CID unit. As we are speaking now there are already doing investigations and that will give us a lead to arrest the suspects. We have also involved the provincial police to assist and ensure that justice is served,’ says Selokela.

“SA losing the fight against crime”

Meanwhile, civil rights organisation Action Society says South Africa seems to be losing the fight against crime.

It was reacting to the crime statistics released by Police Minister Bheki Cele on Friday.

The latest crime statistics in South Africa reflect a concerning increase in violent crimes with more than 6 000 people murdered and almost 10 000 raped in the country from July to September this year.

Action Society Spokesperson, Ian Cameron says the situation is worrying.

“I think we are facing very serious challenges in terms of violent crime in South Africa, specifically if we’re looking at something like rape in the country. What looks very concerning is the fact that we learned today that three children get murdered per day in South Africa. Since January 2021 up until September 2021, 250 women were raped every single day in South Africa,” says Cameron.

Second quarter SA crime stats reflect an increase in murder: