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Shai: How many Karabos must there be before you stand up?

Actor Patrick Shai has called on men to take a stand and act against the rise in female murders in the country.

FILE: Family and friends of the late Karabo Mokoena at the Diepkloof Hall where her memorial was held. Picture: Hitekani Magwedze/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Actor Patrick Shai says the time to only pray for an end to women abuse is over.

Shai addressed mourners at the memorial of Karabo Mokoena in Soweto on Wednesday.

He called on men to take a stand and act against the rise in female murders in the country, adding that their silence is encouraging more crimes.

Mokoena’s burned body was found in Lyndhurst after she was reported missing by her family.

Her boyfriend, Sandile Mantsoe, was arrested for her murder last week and remains in police custody.

“When are we going to take our position in society, our position in families and come to the defence of our women and children. How many Karabos must be there before you stand up?”

WATCH: Remembering Karabo Mokoena

Former abuser-turned-women’s right activist Shai told mourners in Diepkloof that the issues of women needed action, while some called for prayers and men’s forums to address the scourge.

Shai told the attendees that the time for prayer was over.

“Because if we don’t speak to ourselves as men, who else is going to speak to us? I cannot stand here and be nice and say I need a prayer, I should know.”

Mokoena will be laid to rest on Friday at the Westpark Cemetery.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)