#RIPKarabo: Twitter storm over Joburg woman's gruesome death, allegedly at the hands of her boyfriend

By Drum Digital
11 May 2017

The suspect will appear in court tomorrow morning- Police

"He killed and burnt my daughter."

By Pamela Magwaza

These words caused an uproar on social media for Karabo Mokoena -- who allegedly went missing on the 28 April. Since then, pictures of the young woman have been circulating on Twitter with cries from her friends and family, pleading with the public to please contact them if they see her anywhere.

A few days later, a man claiming to be Karabo's father, Tshepho Mokoena, posted on Facebook that his daughter was killed and burned by her boyfriend, who according to Tshepo, confessed to doing so.

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The news of Karabo's alleged gruesome death caused a Twitter furore. The hashtag #RipKarabo and #MenAreTrash started trending as tweets of anger and sympathy poured in for the allegedly slain girl.

Police spokesperson Mavela Masondo told YOU that while he cannot confirm Karabo's death nor the serious allegations made by her father, he revealed a 27-year-old male has been arrested for the murder of a young woman.

The man, who cannot be named until he is charged, is in custody after he allegedly killed and burned his girlfriend in an open field in Lynhurst, Johannesburg.

"The suspect will appear in court tomorrow morning and only then will we be able to release his name. We also cannot confirm the victim's identity because we are still busy with investigations and are awaiting autopsy results," he said.

This did nothing to stem the tide on Twitter, as users continued to lambaste Karabo's alleged killer. Some went as far as sharing photos of the man -- which police have condemned.  


Rapper, Cassper Nyovest also posted a conversation he had with Karabo Mokoena onto his Twitter page:  

This sparked conversation around how men have mistreated women:        

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