She loved that man - Karabo Mokoena's friend

2017-05-18 19:57
(Karabo Mokoena, Twitter)

(Karabo Mokoena, Twitter)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Video

'Karabo would want you to forgive her killer' - friend of deceased

2017-05-18 14:41

“If Karabo was here‚ she would ask that you forgive her murderer." So says Neo Mohlabane, friend of slain Karabo Mokoena.WATCH

Johannesburg - "She loved him."

That was how an emotional Steph Leong, friend of the slain Karabo Mokoena, 22, described her affection for the man now accused of killing her. Leong was speaking at Mokoena's memorial on Wednesday.

Leong, 25, was one of the first to tweet Mokoena's picture when she went missing, which garnered more than 11 000 retweets.

Mokoena was found burned beyond recognition on April 29.

Her 27-year-old ex-boyfriend, Sandile Mantsoe, is alleged to have killed her before discarding of her body in Lyndhurst, Johannesburg. He will appear in court again on May 24 for a formal bail application. 

Following the incident, scores of stories have surfaced from women sharing their own experiences with abusive partners and relatives speaking out about family members who had gone missing, only to be found killed by the ones they trusted.

Determined woman

Leong described the relationship between Mokoena and Mantsoe as volatile, saying that Mokoena loved him dearly.

"Karabo loved Sandile with all her being. She loved that man. She would do anything to make things work between the two of them, and even as friends when we spoke to her and told her 'Leave this guy,' Karabo went back to him.

"She finally did leave him, but in that relationship, she loved him, she would do anything for him," she said, shaking her head and fighting tears.

Leong told News24 that she got to know Mokoena as a confident and determined young woman. She said she and Mokoena shared clothes. Mokoena was also the one who introduced her to God, said Leong.

Speaking at the memorial on Wednesday, another friend, Neo Mohlabane said that she had seen Mokoena on her last weekend alive.

She said that Mokoena was still sporting a few bruises, but told her: "I am testimony that there is a God. He tried to finish me, but I am still here."

Mohlabane said that if Mokoena was alive, she would have said: "Nana, nna [me], I have forgiven him." Mohlabana said she encouraged people to forgive and pray for Mantsoe and his family, saying there was hope for him.

Leong said that the family was devastated at losing Mokoena in such a violent manner.

"We are all still kind of shocked, I don't know if reality has sunk in yet. Dying young is one thing, but the way Karabo died is just completely devastating. Every time I think about it, I get goosebumps because I don't believe it," she said between sniffles.

"Her mom is shell-shocked. There's obviously also the stress from having to deal with the court case; it's not just dealing with grief - it's a combination of all of that."


Aspirations

Leong said that Mokoena had many aspirations, and one of them was helping women and children in abusive situations.

"It's not just us who have lost out on Karabo because Karabo's plan was to help many people. It's our duty to do what Karabo wanted to do, and to help others," said Leong.

Leong's message was read out at the memorial while she sat with her head down in the front row, caressing a toddler, next to Mokoena's father, Thabang Mokoena.

"I won't say goodbye; you are with our father in heaven," her friend read out to a hall full of community members, relatives and friends at Diepkloof Hall in Soweto.

"I'll miss her a lot," said Leong.

The funeral service is due to take place on Friday from 08:00 until 10:00 at Diepkloof Hall in Soweto before proceeding to Westpark Cemetery in Montgomery Park, Johannesburg.

Read more on:    karabo mokoena  |  johannesburg  |  crime

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
Partner Content
How data is changing investments

Technological disruption is rife in many spheres of business and given the quantity of data available, it’s no surprise that the way in which asset managers work is also changing fast.

Behind the sparkle

Alluring, beautiful and timeless - diamonds are some of the most sought after gems in the world and are a true testament of everlasting brilliance. Let us take you behind the sparkle to show you the history behind this coveted jewel.

/News
 

Play with your pet when you're not at home

Many pets are alone at home during the week while their owners are at work. So what do these animals get up to while they’re home alone?

 
 

Paws

How to get rid of fleas
12 Cool cat facts
Chocolate can be fatal for dogs
Spider-man star's adorable relationship with his dog
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.