New socialist party want police to increase their efforts for the working class

The newly formed Socialist Revolutionary Workers Party (SRWP) has ridiculed the police for their failure to find 8-year-old Amahle Michelle Thabethe who was abducted from her home in Tsakane, Ekurhuleni in Gauteng.

Thabethe, who lived with her mother, was abducted while playing with her friends at her home on April 6, after being lured away by a stranger.

The SRWP envisions a society where women, children and the elderly are protected and safe, but said that the SA Police Service (SAPS) do not view this as a priority.

On the day Thabethe went missing, the police were called to arrest a possible suspect but when a chase ensued and the man escaped, the police did not follow up on the case.

The SRWP was formed by the national spokesperson for the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa), Phakamile Hlubi-Majola who on April 9 organised a search party with the community.

The suspect was apprehended and handed over to the police who promised to conduct an investigation into the missing girl. The police also stated they would not to release the man without advising the family.

The SRWP also located witnesses who identified the man as the kidnapper.

The man was however released on April 12 without appearing in court and without the family receiving notice.

The police claim they found no evidence of the kidnapping at the mans house hence his release.

The party are demanding that a task team be established and that police increase their efforts in locating the missing girl.

SRWP say that crime affects the working class severely due to poverty but the police respond, and arrest the perpetrators faster in wealthy areas.