Mom killed by hijackers in front of son was pregnant

By Drum Digital
22 April 2015

A woman who was shot dead in front of her 7-year-old son in Soweto on Monday was three months pregnant with her third child.

Charlotte Ramohai, 34, was “busy with this and that for the baby”, her mother-in-law Victoria Ramohai told Netwerk24’s Claudi Mailovich.

Charlotte was already a mother to two children, 12-year-old Masabatha and 7-year-old Thato.

The last time Masabatha spoke to her mother was Monday morning when the young girl left for school.

She said Masabatha should tell her brother Thato not to go to school because he was sick.

“Then I said goodbye.”

Son in the car with mom

Later on Monday afternoon, when the mother waited in her new white Corolla in front of Khula-Nolwazi Primary School in Bram Fischerville for Masabatha, she was confronted by two armed men.

Thato was in the car with her.

“They pointed the gun at Thato and told him to get out of the car. Then they walked around the car,” Ramohai said.

One of the robbers hit Charlotte in the face with the gun and said: “Hey, voetsek, get out of the car. When she got out, they shot her.”

She was shot in the chest and died on the scene.

The hijackers sped off in the car, which was later found in Dobsonville.

Masabatha told how she heard that someone was shot outside the school.

“My friends said I shouldn’t go look but I said I wanted to see who was shot.”

Police spokesperson Kay Makhubela said cases of hijacking and murder have been opened.

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