Lerato Moloi's family disappointed with police handling of murder case

On Tuesday evening, thousands gathered in Naledi in Soweto where the 27-year-old's charred body was discovered earlier this month.

Soweto residents hold a vigil following the rape and murder of Lerato Moloi. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG – The family of raped and killed Lerato Moloi says that while they are thankful for the work by the community policing forum, it is, however, disappointed in how the police handled her case.

Outrage from all sectors of society of society has been sparked following reports of women being brutally attacked and killed across the country.

On Tuesday evening, thousands gathered in Naledi in Soweto where the 27-year-old's charred body was discovered earlier this month.

As residents sang gospel songs, one woman stopped those singing and urged that more needs to be done.

“We’re dancing and clapping around while our sisters are being murdered. Our friends are being murdered, brutally so, but we’re busy singing.”

At the same time, Lerato Moloi’s cousin Seipati Tladi says she believes Moloi’s killing was a hate crime.

“And they were calling her names like Stabane (homosexual), something like that and this shows that they had a problem with her sexuality.”

Moloi’s uncle Bongani has thanked the local Community Policing Forum for helping to track her down and the suspects.

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