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Who is Kamo & why is she trending?

The story of Kamogelo Peterson contains details of a rape and murder, but is it true?

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JOHANNESBURG – Who is ‘Kamogelo Peterson’? 

Is she a real-life rape and murder victim? Is she a university graduate who was planning to travel to Europe on holiday before being attacked? Or is she merely a character in a fictional story which conned thousands of people, including a local newspaper, into believing she was real?

A Twitter user who goes by the name of Khuti introduced the character in a thread of tweets on Sunday when she ‘recalled’ how a family friend of nearly six years had been hijacked and left for dead in Germiston on 8 January.

She began her story on the same day of the alleged incident and continued to plot the story last night.

Khuti continued to retweet a myriad of reactions with the hashtag #RIPKamo.

Scrutinising the details of Khuti's story this morning, a number of followers questioned whether the encounter was real. 

Some even claimed that Kamo’s account was fake and had been set up by the author.

A Twitter user who claims to know Khuti, says he was also duped into believing that Kamo exists.

There has been mixed reaction to the story, with some users saying Khuti’s story was insensitive to the plight of sexual abuse against women and children in South Africa.

Eyewitness News has contacted Gauteng police who say they are looking into the matter.


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