No, Hon Member.
This Honourable House takes a very serious view of this matter. Our young girls are defiled, women are raped, and when these matters are being investigated, we have all manner of dwane toa experts apparantly holding positions of respect in the society coming to intervene.
We would want you to please ensure that this act, which is not a misdemeanour but a felony, is followed up to its logical conclusion.
Hon Minister, we are requesting that in two weeks, you would come to this Honourable House and assure us that you are personally following this to set an example, and that there are no private, personal, official or whatever interventions to kill the case or settle it behind closed doors. By our law, a felony cannot be settled out of court. Let it be very clear.
So, no priest or chief can come in and say “me behwe asem no”, to wit, I am coming to look at the matter. They cannot look at it, because the law says so. The case must therefore go to court and be proceeded with to its logical conclusion.
Hon Minister, you would please come and report further to this Honourable House in two weeks and thereafter, Parliament would want to see the conclusion of this matter.
We thank you very much.
Hon Minister, you are discharged.
There being no Statement, we would move on to the Commencement of Public Business -- item numbered 6 -- Presentation of Papers.