ANCWL visits Karabo Mokoena's family

2017-05-16 11:15

Johannesburg - Grief and sorrow filled the air in the warm Mokoena household on Monday afternoon as the ANC Women's League (ANCWL), led by President Bathabile Dlamini, visited the home of Karabo Mokoena in Diepkloof, Soweto, singing church and struggle songs. 

Dlamini said that the gruesome killing should be condemned, calling on everyone to stand up across all lines against the crime. She emphasised the need for women to know their rights.

"It’s very sad, it's heartbreaking…it shows a society that is patriarchal, that does not respect women, but also a society that is very angry," said Dlamini, who was embraced by happy ANCWL members upon her arrival.

"Women understand the issues of violence against women, and at all times, we talk to women, men are not there. They must stand up, I thought I would find a lot of men here, they are not here, they are nowhere to be found. We can't keep on talking about one in the same thing, we can't keep on being pushed to listen to people who do not have respect for women," she said.

Dlamini said she would take the Minister of Police to task with regards to attitudes of police on cases of violence against women. She said that in the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting, it was said that there were loopholes in legislation that needed to be addressed.

She explained that maximum sentences need to be increased, and that bail and reduced sentences should be denied for all violent crimes against women.

"Your sentence must be high and there must be no bail so that other men stop playing with our children, but also men must talk to young men about how they should conduct themselves," said Dlamini. 

Jabulile Ncala, ANCWL branch secretary of Vuyani Mabhaca in Ward 27 in Diepkloof said that charity needs to begin at home and that men need to support women.

"We are here to say the killing of children and women is enough. We are tired of our sisters dying in such a gruesome manner especially in the hands of those they trust. The law needs to take its course, the perpetrators of such evil must face the mighty hand of the law," she said.

A white Toyota van branded 'Kupane funerals' was seen driving up and down the narrow street in Diepkloof’s Zone 4, dropping off some relatives at the house. Women's league members made their way to the Mokoena home carrying groceries which included eggs, sunflower oil, baked beans and other goods.

Journalists were told to leave by Dlamini's spokesperson, Lumka Oliphant, when Dlamini addressed the mother inside the house in order to show some respect.

Mokoena, 22, was reported missing on April 28, while her body was found on April 29. Her body was burnt beyond recognition, but family spokesperson and uncle of Mokoena, Tshepo Mokoena confirmed that DNA tests had proven that the remains were in fact hers. 

Mokoena was allegedly killed and burnt beyond recognition by her 27-year-old ex-lover, Sandile Mantsoe, who is due to appear in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court for his bail application on Wednesday. 

Mokoena confirmed that a memorial service will be held on Wednesday from 14:00 until 17:00 at the Zone 3 Diepkloof Hall. The funeral service will be held on Friday at Diepkloof Hall from 8:00 to 10:00, concluding at Westpark Cemetery.

The family has been left devastated, while social media has also expressed their rage at the brutal killing, prompting an increasingly popular use of the hashtag #MenAreTrash.

Read more on:    ancwl  |  karabo mokoena  |  bathabile dlamini  |  johannesburg  |  domestic violence

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