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​Joburg's Executive Mayor, Cllr Geoff Makhubo has called on the state to mete out substantially stronger and harsher punishment for perpetrators of gender based violence (GBV).

Cllr Makhubo has also encouraged residents of Johannesburg to fight the scourge of GBV before it consumes all and sundry.

The Mayor was speaking outside the home of 61-year-old Juliette Dakada, who was allegedly assaulted, raped and stabbed to death during an armed robbery at her house in Dobsonville Soweto, in the early hours of last Friday.

The suspects, who are still at large are alleged to have also raped her 21-year-old granddaughter, leading her to be hospitalised for the weekend.

“We need to stop the killing of women and children in our society," says Cllr Makhubo, who visited the bereaved family on Sunday, 19 July accompanied by the MMC for Community Development, Cllr Margaret Arnolds and her counterpart in Health and Social Development, Cllr Eunice Mgcina.

Cllr Makhubo says the granddaughter who survived the ordeal will receive all the necessary therapeutic support from the municipality.

“We need to condemn in the strongest terms the crime committed against this family, and crimes committed against women and children in general by men," he says.

The Mayor adds that the government needs to act strongly against the heinous crime of femicide.

“We are saddened by what happened to the Dakada family, we wish them well."

Council Speaker, Nonceba Molwele has called for more police visibility and an increase in the protection of women and children.​