July 23, 2017

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Karabo Mokoena’s body found in shallow grave – reports

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Killed and burned…Images of Karabo Mokoena have been circulated on social media since she went missing

Killed and burned…Images of Karabo Mokoena have been circulated on social media since she went missing

The murder suspect was arrested on Wednesday night in Sandton, Joburg, and is in custody at the Sandton Police Station awaiting his first appearance

A 22-year-old woman who had been reported missing in Johannesburg on 28 April was found dead in a shallow grave on Thursday, just east of the city, EyeWitness News reported.
According to earlier reports, Karabo Mokoena’s family said she was murdered, allegedly by her boyfriend. Mokoena’s charred remains were discovered in a shallow grave in Lyndhurst, east of the city.

Mokoena’s uncle Thapelo was quoted on EWN as saying: “She is my brother’s daughter. We grew up as a very close family, so she has always been my daughter. It’s very traumatic because the body was burned beyond recognition.”

Gauteng police have confirmed that a case of murder has been opened against a man believed to have been the boyfriend of Karabo Mokoena and the suspect will appear at the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court on Friday morning.

Police spokesperson Captain Mavela Masondo told The Star that the murder suspect was arrested on Wednesday night in Sandton, Joburg, and is in custody at the Sandton Police Station awaiting his first appearance.

“He’s only charged with murder at this stage. The suspect and the deceased were in a relationship – they were boyfriend and girlfriend – that is why we can’t add a kidnapping charge at the moment. But we cannot rule out adding more charges to this case at a later stage,” Masondo said.

Karabo had been missing since April 28, and Masondo confirmed that her family opened a ‘missing person’ case at the Diepkloof Police Station on that very day.

Karabo’s father, Tshepo, announced on Thursday morning that her daughter’s boyfriend – who cannot be named before he appears in court – had “killed and burned” Karabo in a Facebook post.
Meanwhile, the family of Karabo Mokoena has thanked South Africans for their support during what they said was a painful time.

“We‚ the Mokoena family‚ are shocked and aggrieved by the tragic passing of our sister and daughter‚ Karabo. We thank the South African public for the outpouring of love and support to the family at this painful time‚ however‚ we request that the privacy of the family and the dignity of the deceased be respected.

“The SAPS are keeping us informed as the case of Karabo’s passing progresses. All enquiries in this regard are to be directed to W/O Galane of the Sandringham SAPS‚“ the family statement read.
On Thursday‚ police said a body of a woman believed to be that of Karabo Mokoena was found on Saturday April 29‚ a day after she was reported missing.

Mokoena’s family reported her missing on April 28 at the Diepkloof police station‚ Captain Mavela Masondo told TimesLive on Thursday.

“The following day‚ the body of a female was discovered in Lyndhurst at a park but police who discovered the body had no idea that it was the same person who was reported missing the previous day‚” said Masondo.

So as Karabo’s family and friends took to social media‚ asking for any leads on the missing young woman‚ she may already have died.

Police investigations between the Lyndhurst and Diepkloof police led to the arrest of a 27-year-old man believed to be Karabo’s boyfriend.

“He was arrested on Wednesday night. He will appear in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court on Friday,” Masondo said.

Masondo‚ however‚ said forensic investigations were still being done to determine whether the body found was Karabo’s.

He would not confirm whether the man arrested for the crime had confessed as stated by Karabo’s family. – ANA/The Star/Timeslive

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