Suspect in Karabo Mokoena's murder to appear in court
People Opposing Women Abuse’s Nhlanhla Mokeona says the only way to end gender-based violence is if men show support towards women.
JOHANNESBURG – The man accused of killing Karabo Mokoena is expected to appear in court on Friday morning.
Mokoena was killed and her body burnt, allegedly by her boyfriend. Her body was found in Lyndhurst.
People Opposing Women Abuse’s Nhlanhla Mokeona says the only way to end gender-based violence is if men show support towards women who have been victimised.
“The women have spoken and they have been speaking about the pain of abuse. It’s about time that the good men in this country sustain that anger and continue to do whatever that they need to ensure that women are protected.”
The Commission for Gender Equality’s Mbuyiselo Botha has shared the same sentiment.
“It’s important that as South African men we continue to raise our voices that there’s no violence that will happen or be perpetrated in our name.”
Botha says men should be aware that they play a pivotal role in society and should stand up against any form of abuse.
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KARABO OPENED ASSAULT CASE
The family says a case of assault was already being investigated at the time of her death.
Her family visited the Sandton Police Station on Thursday to obtain details about her murder when they were told that her partner had been arrested, apparently after admitting to killing her.
Family spokesperson Tshepo Mokoena says the body of his niece was burnt.
“You know, not identifying your child is very traumatic.”
Mokoena says Karabo’s mother is struggling to come to terms with her loss.
He says they have also learnt that the young woman faced abuse and this adds to the agony.
“What I can confirm is that there’s a case of assault that was opened by the deceased.”
The family has, in a statement, thanked South Africans for their support.
The boyfriend is expected to appear in court on Friday morning.
(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)