Karabo Mokoena Murder: A memorial service will be held for Karabo Mokoena, the 22-year-old woman whose lifeless body was burned by her boyfriend.
The service will take place at the Diepkloof hall at 2 pm on Wednesday while her funeral will be held on Friday at the same hall at 8 am.
Karabo was allegedly doused with petrol and acid and was set to light by his 27-year-old lover Sandile Mantsoe, who is being held in police custody after his arrested last week Thursday.
Mantsoe is a forex trader and evangelist. He had severally quarrelled with Karabo for being unfaithful and had beaten her more than once, according to the woman’s friends.
On the day Karabo died, Mantsoe reportedly summoned her to his apartment at Sandton Skype to settle their differences. The duo earlier had an argument at a night club in Sandton. It was triggered by Mantsoe ‘getting fresh’ with another woman.
A CCTV footage obtained from Mantsoe’s apartment showed Karabo entering the building on the day she was declared missing but never leaving it.
It also captured her lover leaving his apartment two different times in two different cloths with a bin. Two women were also captured leaving the apartment with bags containing sheets.
Her boyfriend said in a statement that he found her lifeless body in his apartment and burned out of fear and confusion. Her body was discovered several hours later in a shallow grave in Bramley, burnt beyond recognition on April 29.
She was discovered several days later in a shallow grave in Bramley, burnt beyond recognition
The couple dated for over six months and Karabo was said to have been deeply in love with him, believing he was a “God-fearing man”.
Police sources disclosed that Mantsoe had “stuffed her body into a bin, rolled it out and into his gold BMW, and drove to his family home in Lyndhurst in southern Johannesburg, where he picked up acid and a container, and drove to a filling station to buy petrol, which he used to douse Karabo’s body, in Bramley, where he buried her body.”
Karabo’s friends also testified that they noticed Mantsoe’s carpets were wet when they went to inform him about her disappearance. He replied that his fridge had leaked.
Her younger brother Lebogang he had advised his sister to open an assault case against Mantsoe after he noticed she was in an abusive relationship. Sadly, the police were investigation the case when she was murdered.
The family said on Sunday that DNA tests confirmed that the charred remains found in a shallow grave in Johannesburg are those of Karabo Mokoena.
Meanwhile, the police have contradicted reports making the rounds that Mantsoe committed suicide in his Sandton police station.
The fake news was published by local media outlet Mzansi Live.
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The suspect is expected to appear in court on 24 May on charges of murder. He previously appeared in court on May 12.
Mantsoe grew up in eMbalenhle, Secunda, in Mpumalanga and widely known for being deeply religious.