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Karabo Mokoena: Friends reveal incidents of abuse before murder

Family and friends spoke of how outraged and brokenhearted they are after Moekoena's burnt body was discovered in Lyndhurst.

Members of Karabo Mokoena's family attend her memorial at the Diepkloof Hall in Soweto. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Speakers at the memorial of the late Karabo Mokoena have revealed how the 22-year-old was physically abused by her partner and murder accused in the time leading up to her death.

Family and friends spoke of how outraged and brokenhearted they are after Moekoena's burnt body was discovered in Lyndhurst last month.

WATCH: Remembering Karabo Mokoena

Her boyfriend, Sandile Mantsoe, has been arrested for her murder and remains behind bars.

The Mokoena family say Karabo had opened an assault case against her boyfriend before she died.

In addition, Mokoena's friend Neo Mahlobane confirmed the abuse.

“I don’t know whether I’m going forward or backwards… I’m beaten.”

Mokoena’s guidance coach Adele Tjale says she once came to her house battered.

“There was a time when she came into my home completely battered. This child looked at me and said ‘mom, I don’t care who did what but this is the temple of the living God’.”

Mokoena’s boyfriend has been remanded in prison until his next appearance in court next week.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)