Best friends Bongeka Phungula and Popi Qwabe among the victims of the recent spate of violence against women

In the past four weeks at least 10  ten women have been killed in South Africa in what appears to be sexual crimes.  Among those killed are best friends Bongeka Phungula and Popi Qwabe. Both women reportedly appeared to have been raped before being shot to death.

The body of the 28 year old Bongeka Phungula was found dumped in the field in Tladi, Johannesburg with gunshot wounds to the head. She was a Durban University of Technology Drama studies graduate.

Her 24 year old best friend Popi Qwabe’s body was found also dumped in the field in Johannesburg. Bongekile Phungula is believed to be originally from the KwaZulu-Natal province while her best friend is from Zola 2 in the township of Soweto.

Police spokesperson Mavela Masondo yesterday confirmed the murders of Bongeka Phungula and Popi Qwabe, “The two friends, Phungula and Qwabe, were found on Friday and Saturday but were only identified yesterday by their families. Another body of 27-year-old Lerato Moloi was found half naked and she is suspected to have been raped”.


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