THERE is no excuse for killing women and children, yet gruesome discoveries are made too often.

On Wednesday 24 November, a Randfontein resident informed the police about an unknown body that he had found, lying next to a gravel road in Witfontein.

According to police spokeswoman Sergeant Carmen Hendricks, the community member noticed a suspicious-looking vehicle parked on an open space.

“The man said he saw four suspects, whom upon realising that someone was watching them, quickly jumped into their car and sped off. He alleged that he smelt an unusual odour coming from the direction he saw the suspects,” said Hendricks.

She said the man walked to the scene, where he discovered the body of a woman that had been set alight. He immediately called the police.

Randfontein station commander, Brigadier Mashole Manamela has sent his heartfelt condolences to the family of the woman, and strongly condemned the killing.

“I encourage the public to come forward if they face any kind of abuse. The 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence campaign is around the corner, and I advise anyone who needs help to come forward. And not only during the campaign, but on any other day. We will not tolerate any form of abuse, let alone killings. The police will work tirelessly to apprehend culprits involved in the abuse of women, children and the elderly.”

Anyone with information is urged to contact Randfontein police on 071 675 7094 or 011 414 4992.