Karabo Mokoena laid to rest

Karabo Mokoena an apparent victim of women abuse by men was laid to rest in an emotional ceremony at the Diepkloof Multipurpose Centre in Soweto, Johannesburg in the Gauteng province. The 22 year old part time student was killed, under circumstances that remain unclear, allegedly by boyfriend Sandile Mantsoe.

The funeral service of Karabo Mokoena was attended by minister for women Susan Shabangu and Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi. It drew massive media attention as South Africa remained shocked by the recent rise in violence against women and children.

Raisaka Masebelanga spoke on behalf of Karabo Mokoena’s father, “I sat down with him yesterday and drew from him these words. He sighed a deep sigh and said it has been over 22 days since by daughter died,” Raisaka Masebelanga.

“He said… even in death‚ she must have been beautiful and that is why what happened to her happened‚” Raisaka Masebelanga revealed the thoughts of a distraught father.

“He said let them choose carefully who they interact with. If it is someone that is going to cause them to be insecure‚ let them leave that person alone‚” Raisaka Masebelanga said.

Karabo Mokoena’s body was found in a ditch in Lyndhurst on April 29, 2017. It has emerged during the court proceedings that she died on April 27, 2017 following a bitter argument with her boyfriend. The argument reportedly began at a Sandton night club and culminated at the luxury apartment of her suspected killer.

Her suspected killer, Sandile Mantsoe, has denied killing her although admitting to burning her beyond recognition. He revealed that he placed a tyre around her body and doused her with petrol and set her alight.

“He claims that he doesn’t know who killed her, but that he panicked and believed people would think he killed her. He said he stuffed her body into a bin, rolled it out and into his gold BMW and drove to his family home in Lyndhurst. He picked up a tyre, acid and a container and drove to a filling station to buy petrol which he used to douse Mokoena’s body,” as reported.

Sandile Mantsoe has been charged with premeditated murder and defeating the ends of justice.




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