Minister visits family of murdered woman

2011-05-26 17:01

Johannesburg - Minister for Women Lulu Xingwana and Deputy Health Minister Gwen Ramokgopa on Thursday visited the family of a woman mutilated and killed allegedly by her partner in their Soweto home.

Moji Tsekedi, the daughter of the Corinthians Apostolic Church Archbishop, Nchime Tsekedi, was allegedly murdered by her live-in partner on May 15 after an argument at their home in Jabavu, Soweto, department of women spokesperson Sibani Mngadi said.

"Tsekedi was not seen for four days while her partner went to work and returned to their home as usual.

"On Thursday May 19, some neighbours decided to go to her house to investigate. They opened a locked door and found her murdered body in the house with several wounds," he said.

Mngadi said the woman's eyes were allegedly missing and her wrists and ankles were cut. Her partner had disappeared after the murder.

Xingwana was visiting the family because domestic violence was a matter of urgency and she wanted to make people aware of the challenges women faced, he said.

Most attacks on women were perpetrated by people close to them.

"The minister is visiting this particular family because of the peculiarity of the situation. She would like to be able to visit all families but that is not possible," Mngadi said.

"The minister wants to call for an end to violence and violence against women."

Soweto police were unable to confirm details of the murder.

- SAPA
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