The African National Congress is starting its “dispute resolution process” in a bid to address the a.
SEX workers on Cape Town's busy Voortrekker Road say they have left in fear of a colleague who was charged with murder but is now back on the street.
Police confirmed yesterday that the sex worker, known as Stella, was charged with the murder of a 33-year-old sex worker known as Patsy in July. Patsy died after her face and breast were slashed with a bottle and her head crushed with a rock.
They also confirmed that Stella was kept at Pollsmoor Prison after she was remanded but could not explain why she was released.
A sex worker, known as Genevieve, says since Stella's return to the road nobody can work there anymore and that disgruntled sex workers have been sitting at home for the past two weeks.
She says the 44-year-old has "threatened to kill the other sex workers".
"I want to know if they dropped the case because the victim was a sex worker," says Genevieve , who is also a Sex Worker Education and Advocacy Taskforce (Sweat) peer educator.
Sweat researcher Dianne Massawe yesterday commended the police and the sex workers for the role they had played in getting Stella arrested. "A lot of people see sex workers as criminals because the industry is criminalised, but they don't tolerate criminality while they are working."
However, she said Sweat was surprised by the reports that Stella, who was in Pollsmoor awaiting trial until two weeks ago, was now back at work on Voortrekker Road.
Parow police station's Captain Barnard said the case had not been dropped and that the case was still under investigation.
Media officer Inspector Mostert said he would try to find out why Stella had been released.