Karabo Mokoena Killed: Since Thursday, May 11, there has been an outpouring of grief and anger in the country over the death of a 22-year-old woman Karabo.
Mokoena went missing on April 28 and was found dead and burned beyond recognition on April 29 by her family members.
Prior to her discovery, her friend Stephanie Long kept posting her pictures on social media, pleading with people to help her find her friend.
It was days after the search that her father Tshepo Mokoena confirmed that she had been found burned beyond recognition by a male friend very close to her.
Long also confirmed her friend’s death on the social media. She wrote: “I posted this on the morning of the 29th not realizing that you were taken from me a few hours before. I loved you, you were more than a friend to me. I’m heart broken, how could they take u away from me RIP KayFab.”
In the wake of Karabo’s brutal murder, most South African women took to the social media to share their stories of abuse at the hands of their partners.
This is a thread about how I survived death #MenAreTrash
Frame1 morning after
Frame2 morning before pic.twitter.com/NeHyeg4MRD
— Alexandra Buki Deen (@BlackSnow99) May 11, 2017
— Phakama Gwayi (@PhakamaGwayi) May 11, 2017
We send our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Karabo Mokoena in this horrific time they face. #RIPKarabo
— EFF Official Account (@EFFSouthAfrica) May 11, 2017
A friend shared a short video footage of the 22-year-old.
Wow guys, what a woman! Rest in eternal peace Karabo Mokoena! 🙏❤ pic.twitter.com/HUNvj9mjPX
— thepsychologistKate (@KatePoen_) May 11, 2017
Apparently, Karabo has not sent shocking waves in the country alone, it has also drawn international attention, with many contributors calling for justice to be served.
After a thorough investigation, BuzzSouthAfrica came up with these facts about the young woman’s pathetic death.
- Karabo was allegedly murdered by her 27-year-old boyfriend Sandile Mantsoe.
- She precisely went missing on April 28, 2017, leading her friends to launch an online search campaign for her.
- The suspect allegedly burned her body and dumped it in a veld in Lyndhurst, Johannesburg.
- Before her death, slain Karabo Mokoena had opened a case of assault and the police were investigating it before she died.
- Her boyfriend has since been arrested in Sandton and is expected to appear 27-year-old is expected to appear in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court on Friday, May 12.
- Karabo’s death triggered the hashtag #MenAreTrash going viral on Twitter since May 11 and prompted hundreds of women sharing their ordeal in the hands of men.
- Police are still waiting for post-mortem results in order to determine the cause of her death.
The extent of violence against women in South Africa keeps swelling each day. According to a statistics released in 2016, every six hours, a South African woman is murdered by her former or current intimate partner.
In 2012, the World Health Organisation released the result of a study on violence against women in South Africa. The WHO found that as at 2011, 65% of women in South Africa had experienced spousal abuse.
Worryingly, the major factor responsible for most attacks on women is the use and abuse of alcohol by their intimate partners.
Victims of intimate partner violence generally have lower self-esteem due to the emotional abuse. More often than not, they are depressed, they face post-traumatic stress, poor coping abilities, and even suicidal tendencies.
In December 2015, Zestah September was strangled to death by her boyfriend‚ a soldier. September’s charred remains were found along the N12 near the Lenasia military base in Johannesburg South on New Year’s Eve.
Also, in October 2014, the body of another woman Macumbe was butchered to death and rolled up in a carpet. Her killer subsequently stuffed the carpet in the boot of her vehicle dumped in Malvern‚ Johannesburg.