More than 50 000 women have band together and signed a petition opposing the men who are accused of murdering Meghan Cremer from being granted bail when they appear in the Athlone Magistrate’s Court.
The petition was started by a Facebook group called SA Women Fight Back, and was launched less than a week ago but has since received widespread support from women across the world.
Cremer’s body was discovered less than a week after her disappearance was first reported on August 3 – she was discovered in a sand mine in Philippi at 1am on Thursday, August 8. Shortly before this harrowing discovery, three suspects were spotted driving her Toyota Auris around Cape Town.
The suspects are Jeremy Sias (27), Charles Daniels (39) and Shiraaz Jaftha (34), and they appeared in court last week to face charges of murder, possession of stolen property and theft of a vehicle. They will make another appearance on Thursday for bail information.
It later emerged that Sias was a close family friend of the Mohr family, who own the farm Cremer was living on at the time of her death. “We, as the whole Mohr family, would like to address the many questions we have been receiving about the suspect, Jeremy, and our son being friends on Facebook. Jeremy was born and grew up on one of our family members farm in the area alongside ours. He was a laborer on our bottom farm, but had no dealings with our stud and livery clients,” Linda Mohr said via Facebook.
“As a family we are not only reeling about losing our dearest Meghan, but now the knowledge that Jeremy was involved has come as a huge shock to us all. We are all devastated. Please let’s do this for Meghan and make sure they stay behind bars.”
The group will also host a peaceful protest to support their No Bail Application petition, stating: “This protest is not only for Meghan but for all women. Let us stand together in unison and ensure these men never roam our streets again! Let us make South Africa a safer place for everyone. Let us be the change.”
The protest will take place outside of the Athlone Magistrate’s Court on Thursday from 7.30am to 11am.