Karabo's alleged killer is a ‘humble churchgoer’ says friend

By Drum Digital
17 May 2017

The memorial service for Karabo will take place at the Diepkloof hall in Soweto at 14:00.

By Kim Abrahams

A memorial service to honour the Late Karabo Mokoena, who was allegedly murdered and then burned by her boyfriend, will be held on Wednesday.

Sandile Mantsoe is believed to have killed his 22-year-old girlfriend, before setting alight and dumping her unrecognisable body in a veld in Lyndhurst, Johannesburg.

Karabo’s body was discovered on 29 April by a passer-by, who initially thought it was a burned mannequin. She was reported missing the day before.

Sandile (27) was charged with the murder of the 22-year-old part-time student and defeating the ends of justice.

Karabo’s death sparked a social media outcry with the hashtag #MenAreTrash trending.

The online conversation saw women sharing personal accounts of emotional, physical and sexual abuse at the hands of men, as well as heart-breaking stories of lost loved-ones by some.

Now, shocking details have emerged about the night Sandile allegedly committed the gruesome crime.

Sandile’s affidavit reveals that he allegedly put the dead body in a wheely bin, put it in his BMW and drove to his family’s home in Lyndhurst. There he picked up a tyre, acid and a container to buy petrol.

He then proceeded to burn her body.

The couple is believed to have had an argument hours before Karabo’s death.

Sandile and Karabo got into a heated row at a nightclub in Sandton, which later became physical. The pair left the nightclub early and apparently the quarrel continued at Sandile’s apartment in Sandton.

The murder-accused Sandile allegedly told police he found his girlfriend of seven months dead upon his return.

He further claimed that he doesn’t know who killed her, but burned her body out of panic that people would think he was responsible for her death.

Sandile’s suspected crime hasn’t only sent shockwaves through the country, but also shocked those closest to the 27-year-old.

A close friend of 16 years, Thabang Mlangeni, has called the accused a ‘humble churchgoer’.

"I'm still shocked at the news,” he told Sowetan Live.  "I have never seen someone as calm as him; he is humble, a churchgoer and in the years I have known him I have never seen him angry.”

Sandile is set to appear in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court on May 24 for a formal bail application.

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