A 27-year-old man is expected to appear in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court on Friday, after the burnt body of his 22-year-old ex-girlfriend was found in a veld in Lyndhurst, Johannesburg.
Mokoena was allegedly killed and burnt by her ex-boyfriend, after she was reported missing on 28 April.
Speaking to EWN, family spokesperson Tshepo Mokoena confirmed that the deceased had laid charges of assault before her traumatic death.
“What I can confirm is that a case of assault was opened by the deceased,” he said.
It is alleged that the man arrested in connection with Mokoena’s murder apparently handed himself over to the police, confessing that he had killed her. He reportedly led them to the victim’s body, but police have not confirmed this.
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On 28 April, Mokoena’s family reported her missing and in the weeks that followed, took to social media to request the the assistance of the public.
“The following day [April 29], a body of a female was discovered in Lyndhurst at a park, but police who made the discovery had no idea that it was the same person who had been reported missing the previous day,” Diepkloof police station spokesperson Captain Mavela Masondo explained in a statement.
The ANC Women’s League (ANCWL) and the EFF has sent its heartfelt condolences to family, relatives and friends of Mokoena.
“The barbaric, brutal killing of women and all forms of gender-based violence must be treated as high-priority crime in South Africa,” ANCWL Secretary-General Meokgo Matuba said.
Matuba said all perpetrators with such atrocities must be denied bail and a maximum sentence must be imposed if found guilty.
The ANCWL appealed to the state to reject a bail application when the alleged killer was expected to appear before court on Friday.
The EFF said there was no other way to explain this tragedy than to point to the dominant and violent patriarchal order in the country.
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“Men have grown accustomed to the violent abuse and murder of women. Only a culture that hates women would treat them with so much disdain and violence,” Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said.
Ndlozi said the dominant and violent patriarchal order sustains itself with violent sexual harassment, with rape at its centre.
“It perceives women as possessions and tools for men’s sexual pleasure. It is founded on hatred of women, masculine inferiority complexes and self-hate.”
He said it was a sad day for young women in the country.
“Fear of men increases, because, from total strangers women meet on the streets and taxi ranks to the loved ones who share intimate spaces with them, there is never any safety.”
Additional reporting by News24 Wire, EWN