Murder ‘an eye-opener’

2016-07-20 06:00
THE emotional sister of the late Kerileng Mavis Nqozi, Masabata Nyathi (left), next to Sariana Nkakane, reads her sister’s tombstone on Mandela Day (18/07). Insert:  The tombstone was inscribed with Kerileng’s maiden name.  Photos: Boipelo Mere

THE emotional sister of the late Kerileng Mavis Nqozi, Masabata Nyathi (left), next to Sariana Nkakane, reads her sister’s tombstone on Mandela Day (18/07). Insert: The tombstone was inscribed with Kerileng’s maiden name. Photos: Boipelo Mere

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THE late Kerileng Mavis Nqozi’s life was celebrated on Monday (18/07) on Mandela Day, when a tombstone was erected in her memory by the community of Soul City in Galeshewe.

Thanks to the partnership between the Afrikaanse Christen-vrouevereniging (ACVV) in Soul City, the Kagisho Police Station, Kimberley Diamond Incubators, Isibindi and Lategan Tombstones, everyone could be reminded of how Nqozi brought the community together and helped in the fight against domestic violence in Soul City.

She was recognised as an activist who brought the community together for them to see what had been happening right in front of their eyes and fight domestic violence and child abuse.

This was after she had been reported missing by her husband on 17 April, which led to members of the community, led by their ward councillor, Moses Nhlapo, coming together to assist the police in the search for her. On Friday, 29 April, her decomposed body was exhumed from a shallow grave just a few metres from her home.

Her husband, who has been arrested in connection with her murder, is reported to have married her just a few days before she was murdered.

According to Masego Maposa, community development worker at the ACVV, Nqozi’s murder served as an eye-opener for a community that reportedly experienced a high incidence of domestic violence.

The community, together with the relevant stakeholders, cleaned the open field where the body had been exhumed and planted trees, before they were led through a prayer session by local radio station Revival FM.

Since the incident, the ACVV’s Social Services Department has intervened in the family’s situation by placing Nqozi’s two children (12 and 2 years old) with her maternal aunt and giving her the necessary support.

“We want to be proud to show her two-year-old son one day that his mother was an activist. That is why we also want to encourage the municipality to turn this open field into a park,” said Maposa.

Masabata Nyathi, the sister of the deceased, was clearly touched by the gesture and said she was very happy, as it also gave some relief to the family.

“It brings back a lot of memories to the family. The children are still young and the older one seems to be okay now, but we know that one day she will be affected in some way. This will definitely serve as therapy for both of them,” said Nyathi.

The family intends to approach the magistrate’s court to get Nqozi’s marriage annulled.

  • They feel the late Kerileng does not need to use the Nqozi surname. The suspect will appear in the Galeshewe Magistrate’s Court on 15 August after bail was refused at an earlier court appearance.

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